Your guide to the technology your business needs
I’ve been writing this column on legal technology for the ABA Journal for over four years. Each month I cover a different category of legal software. I explain why lawyers should use it, what to know before choosing it, and give an overview of the options available on the legal technology market.
My column is simply a starting point. From there, attorneys often do their own research, which typically involves interviewing fellow attorneys about the software tools they use, attending trade shows, and doing internet research, which often leads to a assortment of software directories.
It is these directories that are the subject of this article. My goal in writing this column has always been to help lawyers choose legal technology, and there are software directories online that further that goal. Others, however, provide very little relevant information.
If you’ve researched legal software lately, you know what I’m talking about. Most of the less useful sites tend to dominate in search results, no matter what type of software you are looking for. A visit to the site will quickly discover the fact that whoever maintains the software listings knows very little about the legal industry or the software tools included. You will often find seemingly random software bundles. Sometimes you’ll be able to locate tools that are appropriately listed in a category, but most of the time you won’t.
When looking for information on legislation-specific software tools, the downside of sifting through inaccurate general purpose software directory sites can be a laborious and time-consuming process at best and an inefficient waste of time at worst.
This is why lawyers should focus their efforts on software directories limited to legal technology products. These sites are focused on the legal industry and provide knowledgeable, accurate information, and appropriately categorized legal software product listings.
Take a look at each one listed below, study the site and its features, then check out one or two of the listed categories. Some directories may be better suited to your needs or preferences than others, but you will no doubt find that at least one of the sites will help guide and inform your decision-making process as you embark on your legal technology software buying journey. .
Who made the list?
So without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best legal software directories online.
LawNext Legal Technology Directory
The LawNext Legal Technology Directory was co-founded by Bob Ambrogi, a longtime veteran of the legal tech space who worked for decades as a journalist covering legal tech. Through his experience, he has an in-depth knowledge of legal technology software tools and the companies that produce them. Its feature-rich directory is a good resource for legal tech buyers.
The directory provides information in a clear format that is easily navigable. Each software listing includes information about the company that owns the software, including when it was created, the name of its president or CEO, links to their social media profiles, and a description of the software. Product features are categorized and listed appropriately. Access to product reviews, company media coverage, and pricing information is also provided. Product resources including videos, white papers, e-books, and product screenshots are also available.
Legal Technology Directory of Legal IT Professionals
This directory doesn’t offer a lot of bells and whistles from a feature standpoint, but does provide listings covering many different categories of legal software. The lists consist of brief descriptions of each software. The directory is focused on large enterprises and includes both cloud-based and on-premises software products.
If you’re a solo or small law firm attorney looking for advice on legal software, this may not be the directory for you, and you’ll find software tools you’ve come to expect. to see listed and which are often used in small laws. companies will be absent from this directory. However, if you’re looking for legal technology advice related to software for large corporations, you’re in luck and this is a very useful resource.
Above the Law Legal Tech Directory
The legal blog Above the Law also has a base legal technology directory which includes listings of many software products that appeal to law firms of all sizes. The products are listed in alphabetical order and are not categorized. For this reason, I would consider this site a secondary resource that will provide you with additional information about a specific software tool that you want to learn more about.
It includes 59 products, and once you click on a product, you’ll be taken to a page that provides a link to the company’s website along with a description of the software. The list also indicates the size of the company where the product is typically used and provides links to recent blog posts about the software vendor.
Last but not least, there is the Legaltech pole. This legal technology directory covers a wide range of products and, like many others, requires vendors to submit their software for inclusion. It covers a wide range of software categories for businesses of all sizes. Each listing includes a description, applicable practice areas, target users, videos and screenshots of the product in use, and pricing information.
If you’re looking for new legal software, there are several legal software directory sites to choose from. Some are sturdier than others and offer different levels of coverage and functionality. Even so, they generally provide useful information that informs your tech buying process and far exceeds the coverage found on more generic software review sites.
The next time your business is ready to invest in new software, you’ll know where to start this process. You are sure to find a match for your business needs on one of these sites.
Nicole Black is an attorney, author, and journalist based in Rochester, New York, and she is the legal technology evangelist at My case, a company that offers law practice management software for small businesses. She is the nationally acclaimed author of Cloud Computing for Lawyers and is co-author of Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier, both published by the American Bar Association. She is also co-author of Criminal Law in New York, a treatise by Thomson Reuters. She writes regular columns for ABAJournal.com and Above the Law; has authored hundreds of articles for other publications; and regularly speaks at conferences on the intersection of law and emerging technologies. Follow her on Twitter @nikiblackor it can be attached to [email protected].
This column reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily the views of the ABA Journal or the American Bar Association.