Recently, Android developer, Joshua Goodwin, sent me a copy of his newly-released app, Legal Memory — Civil Procedure ($0.99). As you know, I’m a really big fan of developers who are making apps specifically for lawyers. In his app pitch, Joshua says this:
I . . . firmly believe that the Android operating system has a lot to offer lawyers.
However, there is no doubt that there needs to be more legal specific apps for Android devices. In particular, I think that there need to be some apps geared towards law students. If they see that they can have apps on Android that are useful to them in law school, they will be more likely to use android phones in their private practice, and perhaps even contribute to ensuring more apps are developed in the future.
I think Joshua’s exactly right, though we’re probably a very long way from Android becoming a household name for lawyers. Thankfully though, Joshua and developers like him, are creating the pathway for more lawyer specific apps.
What is Legal Memory — Civil Procedure?
When The Droid Tots were younger, they loved playing the Memory matching game. You know, the one where you have a million cards and you find their corresponding matches. Well, the Legal Memory — Civil Procedure app is exactly the same thing. You’re given a set of cards, then you’re supposed to find the matching one.
The screen flashes red or green to indicate a right or wrong answer.
The app tracks your tries, and displays your “winning” number on the victory screen.
I think 26 turns was my best ever, so don’t be too discouraged when you see numbers in the 40’s.
Of course, Legal Memory — Civil Procedure has the obligatory “disclaimer” page.
Can the app really be “legal” without one?
Some spit and polish required
Legal Match — Civil Procedure definitely needs some spit and polish, and Joshua admitted as much to me in his pitch: “Legal Memory – Civil Procedure, is my first attempt at programming for the android device. It is not overly polished and has rough graphics and audio.” One other place I think needs improvement is the “matching” element of the game.
I suggested that the app reveal all of the cards at the start, give you a moment to study them, and then turn them over for the hunt. It’s hard to remember the card positions when you haven’t seen them to start. Right now, a better name for the game is “Legal Guess,” since your task is really to guess where the matches are. Unfortunately, because of this flaw, I got bored with game rather quickly.
One of my other suggestions was to add Chromecast support to the app. I think you could add some fun Dehumanize Your Friends element to the game, giving you the ability to test a study group’s knowledge.
I will add one overall caveat that I haven’t seen the full extent of the matching library, so I don’t know how deep the questions go or at what point you’ll see repeats. However, I’m sure if you have suggestions for cards, Joshua would gladly accept them to add to the database.
Despite those obvious aesthetic flaws, I can’t really complain too much about the app. I think this app gives one more fun way to drill in the mundane, but important, information. I also hope that Joshua continues to develop other apps, especially one for evidence, to help students (and practicing lawyers) develop their understanding of these essential legal principles.
I think some people will get turned off by the price of the app, but Joshua did a good job developing this app, especially for his first attempt, and deserves support.
Overall, I’ll give Legal Memory — Civil Procedure 3 of 5 stars.