October 2, 2018
Modern day technology can be used in ways to help you through various stages of your legal career. Here are 10 must have apps for any aspiring lawyers.

1. Forest

Do you find yourself getting distracted by your phone when trying to work? Try out Forest, the ultimate app to stop you from using your phone during revision. I love Forest because it encourages you not to use your phone. The premise of the app is that you set a timer for how long you want to avoid using your phone. If you don’t use your phone, you will grow a tree in your digital forest. If you use it during the time, the tree dies and you start again. Give it a try.

You can download the app here.

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2. Anki

Anki is essentially a flashcard app. What makes Anki so special is its functionality. It has been proven that humans learn better by actively recalling information as opposed to passively reading. It has also been shown that this information becomes easier to recall the more it is learnt. Anki combines active recall with spaced repetition by allowing you to rank how you found remembering the information on each card. If you found it easy, Anki will bring up that card again in a few days, if you struggled it will come up again in 10 minutes.

You can download the app here.

3. Dropbox

Dropbox is my app of choice for cloud storage, but if you already use Google Drive, OneDrive or anything else then stick to that. I encourage every law student to use cloud storage to store lecture notes, slides and coursework. Imagine a nightmare scenario where your computer crashes the night before an important deadline. You’ll be thankful you stored it on the cloud.

You can download the app here.

4. Scanner Pro

If you receive a ton of paper resources such as handouts, it can be easy to lose them. Using Scanner Pro, you can scan the document and save it as a JPEG, PDF or any other sort of format in order to keep them handy on your computer or phone.

You can download the app here.

5. On the Case

On the Case is a great little app from LexisNexis that allows you to search for cases using either their name, date or citation. It is very streamlined and easy to use. As a side note, I would encourage you to make use of LexisNexis Certification where you can learn how to use their suite of services, which ultimately leads to certification in Lexis Library. As law firms look for applicants with legal research skills, certification of this sort can be very useful.

You can download the app here.

6. Voice Memos

I’m sure a lot of students overlook this preinstalled app. I’m not quite sure why though. You can use it to capture voice notes of your own, for example when researching for a piece of coursework. However, the real benefit of using this app is that you can record entire lectures and seminars, allowing you to actually concentrate and ensure you never miss a detail. Just be sure to ask your lecturer’s permission to record their lecture before you use this app.

Find out how to use the Voice Memos app here.

7. Spotify

It has been proven that music, especially classical music, can help stimulate the mind and allow you to concentrate better during study sessions. As such, take advantage of Spotify’s huge library of music and their impressive categories of playlists in areas such as ‘focus’ and ‘bedtime’. Spotify actually offer an impressive student discount on their Premium subscription, which will remove advertisements and allow you to listen outside of shuffle play.

You can download the app here.

8.  Class Timetable

Class Timetable is great for timetabling. It is simple, colourful and just more user friendly compared to stock Calendar or Reminder apps. The only real pain can be adding lectures, seminars and workshops in. However, once you’ve done it, the app just works. That’s the beauty of it.

You can download the app here.


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9. Ginger Snail

Ginger Snail is the ‘ultimate pocket study companion’. Alongside its in-depth legal notes and case summaries, Ginger Snail provides its users with an ever-expanding quiz library allowing students to enhance their learning in more flexible ways. You can also customise your law revision experience with its telescopic navigation system, bookmarks and filters. The app is free and includes some in-app purchases. 

Click here to download Ginger Snail.

10. Cite This For Me

Cite This For Me was launched in 2010 and has assimilated millions of students globally with its citation generator. The generator provides citations for referencing styles including OSCOLA, Harvard, MLA, Chicago, etc. All you have to do is provide information like title, author, publisher, publishing date, etc, and the generator will do the rest. It will also generate a bibliography for you based on your chosen referencing style.

Click here to download Cite This For Me.

11. Goodnotes

Replace your paper notebooks and ‘reimagine’ digital note-taking with Goodnotes. With Goodnotes you can combine handwritten and text notes on one page, create flashcards, create presentations, create planners, import documents (including scanned ones) and annotate them, and so much more. The app offers a free trial and memberships starting from as small as £9 for the whole year.

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12. Financial Times

The Financial Times helps you make sense of global politics, economies and business providing a wide breadth of digestible and exciting news, analysis and opinions. The app allows you to read stories on the go and its bookmark feature allows you to build your own case study. The app offers free articles and paid subscriptions are also available. As a university student, you will likely be able to access Financial Times for free through your university’s subscription. In my university, only certain departments had this subscription, so I used my peer’s subscription.

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Click here to download the Financial Times app.

13. OneNote

OneNote is another digital note-taking app that allows you to organise your modules and lectures into pages and sub-sections. It’s great for keeping your module content in a centralised and organised place, with flexibility to go between the content. It also has a drawing-text functionality. OneNote also allows you to share and collaborate with others.

Click here to download OneNote.

14. Notion

Notion is a productivity app that offers organisational tools so that you can have an all-in-one workspace. You can get free student templates that function as a desktop containing all your notes, calendars, plans, etc. You can also use the app to collate your resources for research, essay drafting, etc.

Click here to download the Notion app.

15. Quizlet 

Quizlet provides studying tools for learning, including digital flashcards. You can create flashcards and organise them into sets or access thousands of learning sets from other users over a breadth of subjects. It also has a Magic Notes feature that saves you time by turning your notes into flashcards, practises, outlines, etc, automatically. Another new feature is AI Teacher, which provides a personalised style of digital teaching that can test, teach or quiz you on a subject. 

Click here to download Quizlet.

16. Class Timetable

Class Timetable is a simple app that allows you to manage your schedule and organise your tasks into colour-coded daily lists. It’s ‘exactly what a timetable should be’ with more than 8 million downloads so far. The app is also free to download!

Click here to find out more about how to balance your studies successfully.  

Click here to download the Class Timetable app.

Final Tips

These apps are just suggestions and perhaps only some of them will be beneficial to you. Part of being a student is exploring and experimenting with different studying tools to optimise and evolve your study experience. Also, it’s important that you don’t purchase anything until you are sure it is beneficial and you can afford it. If the app offers a free trial then use that first or spend time looking through the reviews – TikTok or Youtube is a great place to start with that. In many cases, you won’t need to pay for the pro subscription to get the most out of an app.


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