The Most Popular Apps for Lawyers, According to ABA Tech Survey

What are the most popular legal and business smartphone apps among lawyers? According to the 2013 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report, the most popular legal app by a long shot is Fastcase. The most popular business app is Dropbox.

FastcaseThe survey asked lawyers whether they had ever downloaded legal-specific smartphone apps and, if so, which ones. Of those who had, the top three apps they named were:

  • Fastcase, 26.5 percent.
  • Westlaw and Lexis, 7.7 percent each.
  • WestlawNext, 7.3 percent.

Other apps they named were ABA Journal, LawStack, American Bar Association, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, PLI and Lexis Advance.

When the lawyers were asked whether they had ever downloaded a general business app and, if so, which ones, the top three they named were:

  • Dropbox, 15.2 percent.
  • Evernote, 9.8 percent.
  • LinkedIn, 8.6 percent.

Other business apps they frequently mentioned were Dragon Dictation, Documents to Go, Wall Street Journal, PDF readers, Quickoffice, banking, and Adobe and Good Reader.

I’ve written about the Fastcase app a number of times, including having published an exclusive first look before it was officially released. The app, which is available for iOS and Android, provides direct access to a free library of cases and statutes.

The Legal Technology Survey Report is published in six volumes. Each volume can be purchased for $350 or, for ABA members, for $300. The volumes are:

A combined edition and executive summary will be available later this month.

The findings discussed above came from the volume on mobile lawyers.