Whether an attorney with decades of experience or a pre-law student, if you have an iPad (or even iPhone), you have a tool to help you like never before. With a briefcase and backpack only able to hold so much, you can now use the iPad as an all in one tool to make your life in the legal world far easier.
To make the most of your iPad, we have gathered the top 20 iPad apps for attorneys below. They include everything from a legal dictionary to court reporter that can fit in your virtual pocket. Everyone from the overpaid lawyer to the struggling student will find both free and paid options that work for them below.
Top Free iPad Apps for Attorneys
You may or may not have heard of some of these apps for attorneys below, but for free, it literally costs you nothing to check them out.
- Dragon Dictation
Ever wish you could carry a court reporter around with you? Get the next best thing in this app. Simply dictate a message to your iPhone and, almost instantly, your voice is transcribed with amazing accuracy. The blogger at iPhone J.D. has more.
Are you a student studying for a law degree? Then check out this app which gives you lectures, outlines, and practice questions for your final exams and the MPRE. You can also upgrade to a paid app with more.
Have a client who doesn’t speak English? Then try this free app to get the next best thing to an actual translator. It lets you translate any text or phrase in 42 different languages.
- Aji Reader PDF
Get an impressive PDF reader for free in this app. It allows you to download, search, and do other tasks with the common PDF document. You can even use it to select and copy text.
It’s been on top 20 lists before, but Dropbox’s lifesaving app is well worth mentioning again. It allows you to upload your files to their site, access them from anywhere, and share with co-workers and clients. An excellent choice just for the backup alone but has so many other uses.
If you take notes during meetings or trials, an app to help you out is essential. Evernote is a very popular option and offers apps for both your iPad and desktop all at no charge. In fact, it was ranked the best free note taking app by The Easy Mac.
Get just what the app promises. It is a copy of the U.S. Constitution and is required reading for lawyers. It is divided into sections and offers no ads.
- Memeo Connect
If you use Google Docs in your legal education or career, this is the app for you. It allows you to automatically download and store Google docs and view them offline. It even supports MS Office Docs and iWork documents.
- Pocket Attorney
Just need some basic legal information free and fast? Then check out this app that tells what to do in situations such as traffic stops. It also has a database of attorneys in the area.
- Pocket Lawyer Lite
Like the above, this app features tips for representing yourself when a lawyer is just too expensive. Types of offenses, fines, and more are all shared. There is also a paid $4.99 version.
Top Paid iPad Apps for Attorneys
If you have a buck or a thousand, the apps also offer something for the attorney and are organized mostly by price tag.
- Court Days
Get a calendar app just for lawyers in this iPad app. It is based upon the California Code of Civil Procedure and allows you to customize date triggers. Available in the app store for $0.99.
Get the Federal Rules on your iPad with this app. They include civil procedure, criminal procedure, and appellate procedure all available with no network connection. The app currently sells for $6.99.
While many PDF readers exist on the iPad, this one is often the best reviewed of them all. It comes with a highlighter, pen tool, free form tools, and even comment options, as well as a tutorial for how to use it. For $9.99, get the app that anyone who works with PDFs should look into.
- Exhibit A
Use the app to organize and present information on your iPad. It is intended for presentations in the courtroom, boardroom, and even classroom. It also comes with an easy to use import feature and $9.99 price tag.
- RLTC: Evidence
This image presentation app is built for trial lawyers to organize and annotate documents and images. Appdiscover has more on their blog including screenshots. The app is available for $9.99.
If you use Microsoft Office and want to bring your iPad in on it, this app is a must have. In addition to working with many office programs, it utilizes the tapping, scrolling, and dragging options the iPad gives you. It is currently on sale for $14.99.
- Black Law’s Dictionary
Get a legal dictionary on your iPad with this app. On its ninth edition, it is the most widely cited law book in the w
orld with over 45,000 terms. It currently sells for $54.99.
Get a legal research service that puts a comprehensive national law library and more powerful searching, sorting, and visualization tools at your fingertips in this app. The libraries include primary law from all 50 states, as well as deep federal coverage going back to 1 U.S. 1, 1 F.2d 1, 1 F.Supp. 1, and 1 B.R. 1. T Subscription rates for $65 per month or $95 per month apply, but they do offer a free trial.
- Trial Pad
This legal app allows you to organize documents quickly and easily. Use your iPad to present evidence to judges and juries, as well as annotate and display documents. Check out the many demo videos or purchase for $89.99.
- Bar Max
Got an extra thousand bucks just lying around? Then why not download the Bar Max app? It offers a complete BAR exam prep course on your mobile device. However, you can also visit here to get their free MRPE app.
While the above top 20 iPad apps for attorneys are useful, they are no substitute for an attorney or actual legal advice pertaining to any case you may have. Please consult a licensed attorney if faced with a legal dilemma.