Finding legal resources has never been easier or more mobile. There are many free legal research apps for iOS (iPad, iPhone) and Android devices, and many more available for a small price. Three of the best reference apps for on-the-go lawyers and law students are Fastcase, WestlawNext, and HeinOnline.
While the desktop version of Fastcase starts subscription pricing around $65/month or $695/year, the mobile apps have much of the same functionality and they are free. All you need to do is register a username and password, and you’ll be able to browse U.S. cases and statutes by citation, phrase, or keyword anywhere you get service.
The WestlawNext app, like Fastcase, delivers powerful research capabilities from any device. The app itself is free to download, however you must have an active Westlaw account to access content. For current law students, this is a fantastic option for mobile research, but be warned: once you have a personal account or an account through your employer, each search on the mobile app will be charged at your firm rates. Still, for law students and those who have access to Westlaw, this is a great app for in-depth reference.
HeinOnline’s mobile app is free for mobile devices and offers the same great performance as the desktop version. Access the database’s content through PDFs, full searching capabilities, and through online law reviews and journals. Need to find something in the fourth volume of the English Statutes of the Realm? Or maybe just a back issue of the American Bar Association Journal? HeinOnline can help you find both!
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