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Mobile Applications: Research & News

There's more than one app for that! This guide explores some of the more popular and useful apps for law students.

Legal Research & Reference Apps

Congressional Record

Name:  Congressional Record

Device:  iPad and iPhone

Summary:  Free app gives you access to the Congressional Record.

Docket in Your Pocket

Name:  Docket in Your Pocket

Device:  Apple and Android

Summary:  Provides access to records in Pennsylvania's Criminal Courts of Common Pleas, Magisterial District Courts, and Philadelphia Municipal Court.  Available to be downloaded for $14.99.

Name: Fastcase

Device: Apple and Android

Summary:  Fastcase allows you to quickly look up cases on the go. The baisc version is free.                 


Name:  HeinOnline

Device: iPad and iPhone

Summary: Provides access to the HeinOnline content under your current subscription. Dictionary


Device:  Android

Summary:  Newly released, free law dictionary app that contains over 11,000 terms.

Lexis Advance

Name: Lexis Advance

Device: iPad and iPhone

Summary: Lexis Advance mobile app is free to download, but you have be a Lexis Advance Subcriber to access the services.  
Nolo Dictionary

Name:  Nolo's Plain English Law Dictionary

Device: iPad and iPhone

Summary:  A free legal dictionary containing nearly 4000 terms.


Name:  WestlawNext

Device: Apple and Android

Summary: WestlawNext mobile app is free to download, but you have to be a WestlawNext subscriber to access the services.

Legal News Apps

Name: ABA Journal

Device: iPhone and iPad 

Summary:  The ABA Journal privdes this free app so you can keep up with various news stories and articles. 

The American Lawyer

Name:  The American Lawyer

Device: Apple and Android

Summary:  This free app allows users to read the popular magazine from their mobile devices.

CCH Tax News Highlights

Name: CCH Tax News Highlights

Device: Apple and Android

Summary:  Download this free app to catch up on the latest state and federal tax news.  A free registration is required.


Name:  SCOTUS Blog

Device:  iPhone and iPad

Summary: A free app that services as a resource for news related to the Supreme Court. of the United States.