As new laws and regulations accumulate each year, the field of legal research becomes ever more complicated and obtuse.
In particular, arbitrators need full-featured apps that streamline the research process. If you need an arbitrator, there are plenty of ways to research online and find a professional arbitrator, but where do the arbitrators find the most helpful apps?
Here are just a few stellar apps for performing legal research at the office or on the go:
Targeted specifically at independent attorneys and legal researchers, Lexis Advance has something to offer everyone. It features Instant Search, case evaluation from Shepard’s Citations and excellent organizational tools such as Work Folders. As the Swiss Army knife of mobile legal research, Lexis Advance is a must-have.
American Arbitration Association
In the arbitration business, no mobile resource delivers more value than the American Arbitration Association app for iOS. It’s a thorough compendium of AAA protocols, rules, tips and advice for anyone involved in arbitration-related cases in any industry. Best of all, it’s free to download and use.
If you’ve got an iPhone and the LawStack app for iOS, a virtual legal Library of Congress is just a screen tap away. Featuring searchable codes and regulations for every state in the U.S., bookmarking, context-sensitive search and offline access, this free app is one piece of mobile software no legal professional should be without.
Wolfram Lawyer’s Professional Assistant
Moderately priced at $4.99, the official Wolfram Lawyer’s Professional Assistant app brings a lot to the table for the money. While not a pure search engine for case decisions, it allows the user to view crime statistics, statutes of limitations, legal definitions and more.
LexisNexis Tax Law Community
A solid grasp of tax law is a valuable skill for professionals in every area of the legal world. LexisNexis Tax Law Community keeps you up-to-date on the latest wrinkles in local, state and federal tax codes by indexing the top blogs, journals, websites and analysts in the tax world.
For an app that’s free, HeinOnline gives users a bewildering array of options for legal research across a broad spectrum of data. It supports citation-based search, provides access to every major legal journal of note and delivers downloadable PDFs to any mobile device capable of running iOS.
For abstracts of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on constitutional matters, few apps can touch PocketJustice Full as far as sheer depth and quality are concerned. It also features judge biographies, voting histories, audio recordings of sessions and full, keyword-based search for transcripts of hearings.
The free and feature-rich Legal Edge is a terrific way to keep oneself apprised of all the latest legal developments from your iOS device of choice. Think of it as an aggregator for all things legal from some of the finest minds in law today.
In order to play the game, you need to know the rules. Rulebook delivers the goods, providing rules of procedure for state and federal courts nationwide for just $1.99. The app allows users to search by phrase or by keyword, as well as annotate rules on the fly.
When you need to perform the most comprehensive legal research on any topic, Fastcase is the app to use. It doesn’t come cheap, as subscriptions start at $65 per month. For arbitrators with a full case load and no time to spare, it’s well worth the money.
Mobile applications can only do so much. You’ll still need to provide the mental firepower to make sense the data. The apps outlined above are a good starting point, but there are plenty of others available. Used properly, mobile apps make legal research a lot more manageable over the long haul.
Author Bio:- Jon Capone is a published legal and tech researcher who loves everything technology – he’s currently working on a piece about legal apps for Android.