Your guide to the technology your business needs

I have been writing this legal tech column for the ABA Journal for over four years. Every month, I cover a different category of legal software. I explain why lawyers should use it, what they need to know when choosing it, and provide an overview of the options available in the legal technology market.

My column is simply a starting point. From there, attorneys often do their own research, which typically includes asking other attorneys about the software tools they use, attending trade shows, and searching the Internet, often leading to a variety of directories. of software.

It is those directories that are the focus of this article. My goal in writing this column has always been to help lawyers choose legal technology, and there are some software directories online that promote this purpose. Others, however, provide very little relevant information.

If you recently searched for legal software, you know what I mean. Many of the less useful sites tend to dominate search results, regardless of the type of software you’re researching. A visit to the site will quickly reveal the fact that whoever maintains the software lists knows very little about the legal industry or the software tools included. You will often find software groupings that are seemingly random. Sometimes you’ll be able to locate tools that are properly listed within a category, but many times you won’t.

When looking for information on specific software tools for legal issues, the inconvenience of reviewing inaccurate generalist software directory sites can be a painstakingly tedious process at best, and an inefficient waste of time at worst.

That is why lawyers should focus their efforts on software directories limited to legal technology products. These sites focus on the legal industry and provide knowledge, accurate information, and properly categorized listings of legal software products.

Take a look at each one listed below, research the site and its features, then check out one or two of the categories listed. Some directories may be a better fit for your needs or preferences than others, but you’ll no doubt find that at least one of the sites will help guide and inform your decision-making process as you embark on your technology software buying journey. legal. .

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Who made the list?

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the top online legal software directories.

LawNext Legal Technology Directory

The LawNext legal tech directory was co-founded by Bob Ambrogi, a veteran of the legal tech space who has worked for decades as a journalist covering legal tech. As a result of his experience, he has a deep understanding of legal technology software tools and the companies that produce them. He’s feature-packed directory is a good resource for buyers of legal technology.

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 founded, the name of its president or CEO, links to their social media profiles, and a description of the software. Product features are properly classified and listed. Access to product reviews, company press coverage, and pricing information is also provided. Product resources, including videos, whitepapers, eBooks, 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 perspective, but it does provide lists that cover many different categories of legal software. The listings consist of brief descriptions of each software program. The directory has a larger enterprise focus and includes both cloud and on-premises software products.

If you’re an individual or small law firm attorney looking for guidance on legal software, this may not be the directory for you, and you’ll find some software tools you’d expect to be listed that are often used in smaller laws. companies will be missing in this directory. However, if you’re looking for software-related legal technology guidance for larger companies, you’re in luck and this is a very useful resource.

Above the Law Legal Technology Directory

The Above the Law legal blog also has a directory of basic legal technology that includes listings for many software products that appeal to law firms of all sizes. Products are listed alphabetically and are not categorized. For that reason, I would consider this site a secondary resource that will provide you with additional information on a specific software tool that you are interested in learning more about.

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It includes 59 products and once you click on a product you will 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 company.

Legal Tech Center

Last but not least, there is Legaltech Hub. This legal technology directory covers a wide range of products and, like many of the 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 in the market for new legal software, you have several legal software directory sites to choose from. Some are more robust than others and provide different levels of coverage and functionality. Still, they generally provide helpful information that informs your tech buying process that 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 that process. You will surely find one that matches your business needs at one of these sites.

Nicole Black is an attorney, author, and journalist based in Rochester, New York, and is the Legal Technology Evangelist at MyCase, a company that offers legal practice management software for small businesses. She is the nationally recognized author of Cloud computing for lawyers and is co-author of Social networks for lawyers: the next frontier, both published by the American Bar Association. She is also co-author of Criminal Law in New York, a Thomson Reuters treatise. He writes regular columns for and Above the Law; she has written hundreds of articles for other publications; and speaks regularly at conferences on the intersection of law and emerging technologies. Follow her on Twitter @nikiblackor she can be contacted at [email protected].

This column reflects the views of the author and not necessarily the views of the ABA Journal or the American Bar Association.

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