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Legal Cheek: Top 5 iphone apps for law students

Hi everyone,

I have written this article for Alex Aldridge's new blog Legal Cheek...had a great response from it there so with Alex's permission i wanted to republish it here. Great titles added by Alex. Hope you enjoy.

I now have the pleasure of being in possession of an iphone 4. And, having played with it constantly since I got it, I can’t imagine how I ever managed without one. It’s the apps that make the iphone so epic, so I’m going to share with you five of them – a mix of free and paid ones – that I think are ideal for wannabe lawyers.

The anti-procrastinator
iStudiez Pro £2.99
This one is aimed at the student who wants to keep their life in order. It provides you with the opportunity to manage your work and life, but entails a fair degree of commitment. Still, if you put the effort in, it works; I use it and it has helped me take control of my procrastination a little bit more.

The PA

Springpad Free
This is easily the most customisable and comprehensive ‘life management’ tool I’ve come across. It works on the list concept, but using notes, photos, barcodes, audio and map locations to widen the scope beyond that of similar tools. You can use it to create, for example, shopping lists, alarms, contacts, albums, bookmarks and recipes.

The password fairy
Keeper  Free / £6.99
I find keeping track of passwords a nightmare, and I know I’m not the only one. In order to remember all these passwords, we often pick a very memorable word, and use that same password for all our logins. It may make life easier for us, but it leaves us vulnerable to security breachs. It takes seconds for a hacker to breach passwords, so steps need to be taken to protect yourself. This Keeper application creates strong passwords and keeps them on your phone in a locked and encrypted piece of software. Don’t worry about losing your phone as the software backs itself up.

The overdraft alarm
PageOnce Free
PageOnce is an application that securely logs into your online banking and provides you with a fully up to date itemised statement. I love it because it’s very quick to do, gives a lot of detail, and sends me a notification if I reach my overdraft…which I do way too often!

The mobile law library
CrimeLine Law £1.99
This is the best application I have ever come across. It contains precedents, statutes, consultation papers and much more. For £1.99 you have easy access to every piece of case law and legislation you could possibly need. The best way to show you how huge this app is by drawing you a map of a part of it:
  • England and Wales
    • Case Law
    • Welsh Legislation
      • Statutory Instruments
      • Measures by the Assembly
      • Law Commission Reports
  • Europe
    • Case Law from ECJ and ECtHR