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.
- 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:
- Vol. 1: Technology Basics.
- Vol. 2: Law Office Technology.
- Vol. 3: Litigation and Courtroom Technology.
- Vol. 4: Web and Communication Technology.
- Vol. 5: Online Research.
- Vol. 6: Mobile Lawyers.
A combined edition and executive summary will be available later this month.
The findings discussed above came from the volume on mobile lawyers.