Guest Post: Getting Above the Bar: APPlying Yourself in Law School

This is a guest post from Eli MurphyTake it away, Eli:

Law SchoolAh, law school. Just when the hair you lost from studying for the LSAT begins to grow back, you get into law school—and what is ahead of you is even worse.

When it comes to the bar exam, law students freeze (is it possible to not freak out when the bar exam is brought up in conversation?) and claim they’ve been locked up in their study hall cramming every bit of information they need to ensure they pass.

But times are changing; technology is here to save the day, and possibly, your sanity. Back in the day your mom would yell at you to stop wasting time on the internet and get to studying—now, it’s the other way around. Without technology, you’re behind the game.

Technology is constantly improving the environment of the law workplace, so why not improve the law student’s life? Although the fabulous dLaw is a great app to start with, don’t get left behind– more and more developers are pitching in. I’ve gathered a list of the most popular and talked about apps out there for law students, complimenting those already discussed here. These apps help you prepare for that dreadful bar exam and help track your progress.

You invested in your Android, so don’t waste it by just becoming familiar with distracting and fun apps. Law firms are integrating software that offers similar features to these apps into all levels of law practice, so it is best you get used to operating them now in order to prepare for your future job.

Law school apps

These apps will keep your mind and time in shape so you can make the most of your Law School experience.

  • BARBRI Bar Review: (free for BARBRI registered students) This app is linked with the company BARBRI, which is the number one course law students take to prepare for the bar exam. This app offers multiple choice quizzes on bar subjects. It also links you with all of your studies and progress when registered with BARBRI.
  • FastCase: (free) This app allows you to search case law and statues while allowing you to save your history and documents.
  • Wolters Kluwer Law in A Flash: (free-$19.95) These apps can be a little pricy, but completely worth it. The price ranges because there are actually 16 different version of this app you can download. They all offer detailed and referenced flash cards for every law school subject.
  • myHomework Student Planner: (free-$4.99) This app is more for your organizational needs.  You can organize your schedule, assignments, study group dates, push alarms, and more. It is free to use, but you can opt to pay $4.99/year for an ads-free experience.
  • Freedom: ($4.99) Freedom allows you to block phone, data, or Bluetooth access for a designated period of time, so when you really need to hit the books (and not the Facebooks), this app is a life saver.
  • PushLegal : (free for students) I know, I know this app is technically designed for the lawyer, not for the law student; however with a bevy of local and federal statutes and regulations at the push of a button, it can become an addictive reference and handy for last-minute studying, and for getting in the habit of annoying your friends with updates on the legality (or illegality) of their actions.

Although these apps aren’t all free, make sure to invest in your success. Using technology to help develop discipline and extensive knowledge will pay off in the short and long-run.  And who knows? Maybe they can even stop the rising tide of premature grey hairs.

Eli Murphy is a law writer and editor working with Abacus Law. The focus of his writing is on the intersection of technology and law. He is always interested in researching how the two fields influence each other now and how they will continue to. Eli enjoys sailing and woodworking in his free time.

Thanks, Eli! If you think you can write a post for The Droid Lawyer, then let me know. You can pitch your post here.

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