Fastcase is Most Popular Legal App, ABA Survey Says

For the second successive year, the Fastcase legal research app is the most popular legal app among lawyers, according to the 2014 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report. The most popular business app among lawyers this year is LinkedIn, the survey said.

Among lawyers who reported having downloaded a legal-specific app, 36.5% listed Fastcase. Last year, Fastcase was also the most popular, with 26.5% saying they had downloaded it.

(For last year’s results, see this post.)

Other legal-specific apps mentioned by lawyers in the survey were:

  • WestlawNext, 33.7%.
  • Legal Dictionary App, 22.1%.
  • Lexis Advance, 14.1%.
  • TrialPad, 8.3%.
  • Courtlink, 6.7%.
  • LexisNexis Legal News, 6.4%.
  • LexisNexis Get Cases & Shepardize, 6.1%.
  • Westlaw News, 4.2%.
  • TranscriptPad, 3.8%.
  • HeinOnline, 2.9%.
  • Federal Courts, 2.9%.
  • Casemaker, 2.2%.
  • Other, 28.5%

When asked about general business apps, 68.3% of respondents named LinkedIn. Last year’s most popular business app, Dropbox, came in second this year, at 65.3%. That is still a big jump in usage, given that Dropbox was first last year with just 15.2% saying they had downloaded it.

Other popular business apps among lawyers this year were:

  • Evernote, 38.1%.
  • DocsToGo, 20.8%.
  • GoodReader, 19.9%.
  • QuickOffice, 17.8%.
  • LogMeIn, 15.1%.
  • Box, 8.5%.
  • Notability, 6.9%.
  • Other, 16.3%.

To reiterate, these percentages are of lawyers who reporting having downloaded a legal or business app, not of all lawyers who responded to the survey.

The Legal Technology Survey Report is edited by Joshua Poje, director of theLegal Technology Resource Center.  It is published in six volumes. Each volume can be purchased for $350 or, for ABA members, $300. The volumes are:

combined edition can be purchased for $1,800 or, for ABA members, $1,550.

 

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  • Bob, ESI Attorneys also developed a legal specific app called eDiscovery Assistant™ designed to assist attorneys with their process of conducting eDiscovery. The app includes eDiscovery specific rules, case law, checklists and templates to be used in the process. It’s available on the iTunes store — http://www.ediscoveryassistant.com. I don’t believe it was included in the survey, although I didn’t receive it!

  • estatemanjoe

    Curious whether the report gives any indication of the % of lawyers who actually download or use apps. I’m hoping my view of lawyers as Luddites is somehow rebuffed.

    • Joe: Yes. The survey asked lawyers whether they had ever downloaded a legal-specific app, and 43% said that they had. They were asked the same question about business-specific apps, and 45% said they had downloaded one.

      • estatemanjoe

        Thanks for the intel. And they said it would never happen. Perhaps we are actually reaching the age of enlightenment?