In our day to day lives as legal professionals and law students, our career demands us to stay up-to-date with our concepts and the latest happenings in our profession and also to brush up on other topics in case we were not clear enough on them. A very convenient and handy solution to this problem is to equip ourselves with tools that will help us aptly even at short notice, and one such solution is using mobile applications tailored for the legal field. This article aims to acclimatize readers with the best and the most helpful applications used by us. The list is not exhaustive but indicative and to give the reader a brief idea about the various categories of such apps and the absolute must-haves.
By : Aditya Kumar Singh
Bar and Bench
Starting with the most preeminent application, Bar and Bench is the most popular legal application which serves as a database for anything and everything connected to the world of law through legal news articles. This application is leading in its field and hardly needs to be fact-checked. There are various content options to choose from. These range from legal news to interviews with the most successful people in the field.
This application comes with a state of the art user interface and has a menu bar at the top to ease segregation of content. It not only helps with legal knowledge but also has an option for the apprenticeship lawyer for those who are starting out into the field. Other options include ‘Deal sheet’ which is the one-stop destination for the legal aspects in major transactions, investments and fundraising. Another option in the menu, ‘ Viewpoint’, is great for understanding the current legal positioning of the law over crucial issues in contemporary times. The articles in this section are from associates and partners of well-known law firms that comment over a variety of legal issues, amendments and Judgements.
Live Law is a comprehensive Legal News Portal covering Indian Courts, Judgments, Lawyers, Law Firms, Law Schools and Legal Developments In India. That said, it has a user interface which is slightly more enhanced from the Bar and Bench app and has to provide a little more options in the content than the Bar and Bench app. The home page covers articles that are trending in the field of law, and apart from this, it also has News Updates with the latest articles on legal happenings in India. It has a ‘Know the Law’ section for laymen in the field with the goal to help understand the legal duties and the rights of a person by legal analysis of day to day happenings.
This Application is specifically for the use of Lawyers and might not help Law Students as much. It ventures to be a personally customized schedule for the legal practitioners. It has a very simple user interface and does not use up a lot of space on your smartphone. The basic layout upon launching the app is a calendar where you can select a date and add cases with comprehensive details ranging from the case title and party name to the adverse party advocate name, contact details of your client. You can choose when to remind you of the particular case. This app is widely in use amongt advocates to make a hassle-free electronic reminding system of their cases lest they miss out a date. A similar application is ‘Supreme Court of India’, specifically for the lawyers practising at the Apex court of the nation.
Lawyers Club India
This app is popularly referred to as the ‘Social Media of Lawyers’ as this helps people to put down their legal queries and legal documents to get answers from legal practitioners. This application also provides for articles related to the current happenings in the legal world, however they are not a match with the ones uploaded on Live Law and Bar and Bench in terms of quality.
Every Lawyer, and even a Law Student in some cases, needs to file an RTI report sooner or later in their careers. This application eases that process by helping the user file the RTI online thus making the process very convenient and easy. As per the app description, once the details are entered in the app, it is directed to a group of lawyers who scrutinize it and draft it according to the RTI norms. This draft is then sent back to the user for approval, which is followed by the rest of the procedure. One of the primary advantages of the app is that it allows the user to track the status of the application through the Android devices itself.
Legal Dictionary By Farlex
This is more portable than a pocket-size dictionary and has a very rich and varied collection of English legal words, as well as some cases that have turned into commonly used terms, with their meanings. The Dictionary is equipped with an online database and gives you suggestions and instant search results.
This is another very practical Legal application and is advisable for all lawyers and law students. Latest Laws has an online database and a user-friendly interface and provides almost all the Bare Acts that are relevant in the present-day Indian Legal scenario. What gives this app the edge over others is that it updates the bare acts according to the latest amendments and even provides the user with a plethora of State Acts that conveniently segregated. Another useful feature is the legal news section that provides the user with current legal happenings segregated according to fields like- Intellectual Property law, International Law etc.. The app provides the feature of Court calendars for practitioners and Campus Buzz for students to keep them posted with the happenings in law schools at a national level.