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5 Research Apps to Survive Law School and Pass the Bar

Ryan Kh, @ryankhgb

Getting through law school is one of the hardest things a future lawyer will ever do. Law school subject matter is becoming more difficult than ever, because new precedents are set every day that make the law even more complex.
According to Katie King of Legal Cheek, law school is actually harder than medical school. Law school students need to be well-prepared and have access to the right resources to survive the grueling three years leading up to it. They will also need to study well to pass their state's Bar Exam.
The good news is that there are a number of great apps that can help aspiring lawyers access the resources they need. Here are five of the best.

1. Fastcase for iPhone

Fastcase is a digital law library that pools resources from courts in all 50 states and many federal legal databases. They also have an iPhone app allows lawyers and law school students to you cases dating back to 1 U.S. Code § 1 - Words denoting number, gender, and so forth and 1 F. Supp. - Volume 1 of the Federal Supplement.

2. Law Dojo

Margaret Hagan is a lawyer and app developer that studied at Stanford Law. During law school, she decided to create an app to make it easier for law school students to learn about torts, contracts and other common topics covered in most law school curriculums.
Whether you are preparing for your first year tort law exam or the bar, you have your work cut out for yourself. Law Dojo is a great tool that helps you quiz your knowledge of different legal precedents and concepts that will be covered on almost any test you will ever have to take to become a licensed attorney.
Subject matter includes:
  • Torts
  • Contracts
  • Criminal
  • Constitutional
Law Dojo is already very comprehensive, but new content is still being added every day. Kris Turner, a librarian for the University of Wisconsin Law School, said that Law Dojo is particularly helpful for first year law school students that want to see what kinds of content they will be covering in future classes.

3. CourtLink

CourtLink is another app that gives you access to legal records. Unlike Fastcase, you can use it to look at active cases, not just ones that have been filed. However, you will have to pay for a CourtLink subscription.

4. Law in a Flash

Do you like learning from flash cards? Law in a Flash is an online flash card app for law school students. It has flash cards for the most common concepts that are covered in law school.

5. SCOTUSblog App for iPhone

The law is very dynamic. Law school students are expected to follow recent updates and new precedents that are set by the Supreme Court of the United States.
SCOTUSblog is a website that provides recent updates from the Supreme Court. They also have their own app. It is widely used by attorneys and other jurisdictions.
According to an excerpt from their App Store page, they strive to meet the highest ethical standards and publish updates without any bias. They provide the app as a public service, so you don't need to pay a subscription to use it.

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