There is a reason it takes many years of school and an extensive test to become a lawyer, the law is incredibly complicated and each state has different intricacies. Even if you aren’t a lawyer, you should have some understanding of the law or access to someone who does. That way you don’t find yourself in trouble. These free apps certainly don’t compare to law school but they will give you a reference point and are great for lawyers and civilians alike.
Have a law library in the palm of your hand with Fastcase. Look up cases from every state and the federal government by citation, keyword or browse statute collections. Put in a keyword, fill in the state you want to look in, the dates the case fell between and any other information that can narrow it down. The app will bring up full cases complete with citations. You can then save certain documents for later or return to your recent searches. Everything is free, but you will need to create an account.
- Look at cases from every state
- Easily filter searches
- Get full cases
- Have to log in
- Can be hard to go back to search
- Doesn’t always save recent searches
2. Ask A Lawyer
Though you should always consult a licensed lawyer in person if you’re really in trouble, you can use the Ask A Lawyer app to get fast, free legal advice on the go. Create a profile and chat online with a a lawyer. It can take a long time to log in and start chatting, so instead use the Find a Lawyer feature. Put in your location and the field you need legal help in and the app will bring up mini profiles of the lawyers that match that description. Save the lawyers you want to contact to your favorites or call them directly from the app.
- Can chat quickly with lawyer
- Find lawyer in your area
- Save your favorite lawyers
- Can take awhile to complete the registration
- Sometimes questions don’t go through
- CAn be buggy
3. Legal Aid News
There isn’t much to this app but it will get you exactly what it says it will, news. Look up news by state, at the federal level or read it all. Simply plug in the area you want to read about and the app will bring up a series of articles that match your search. Tap on one to read a summary, then scroll down to “Read Entire Article” to see the whole thing. It really is as simple as that. The full articles open in Safari or whatever web browser you have on your phone and from there you can share it or copy and paste it.
- Get access to articles from all over the country
- Read pieces from many different papers and journals
- Filter by state
- Sometimes doesn’t update quickly
- Very few options for navigation
- Cant share articles from app
4. Law Dictionary
Sometimes reading a law document can feel like a different language, download this Law Dictionary app and things will begin to make a little more sense. The app is super simple to use, simply look for the word you want to know the definition of. You can bookmark it and save it for later or use the many reference guides the app provides. Go to resources and you’ll have access to Thelaw.com where you can see legal forms, the law journal, get a case review or find a lawyer. You’ll find everything you need.
- Look up any law word
- Bookmark your favorites to return to
- Get access to thelaw.com
- No search bar
- Has some words missing
- Doesn’t put words into context
SCOTUS are the lawyers, so it makes sense to follow what they’re up to. This app has all the news from the chamber you could ever want. It is updated regularly and even has polls so you can participate in the process and see how the rest of the country is feeling. It is a fun and easy way to keep the blog with you and keep learning.
- Get articles about SCOTUS
- Answer polls about issues
- See how the rest of the users answered polls
- Hard to navigate
- Only shows one post
- Sometimes poll doesn’t go through