Nearly nine out of 10 lawyers (89%) use smartphones and one in three lawyers (33%) use tablets for law-related tasks while they’re away from their offices. That is just one of the statistics from The Rise of Mobile for Lawyers infographic created by MyCase and published by The Mac Lawyer, Ben Stevens.
Lawyers report that they are using mobile apps to do their jobs in increasingly large numbers. For example, 85% of lawyers use practice management apps at least sometimes (66% use apps all the time and 19% use apps sometimes).
Interestingly, nearly one out of two lawyers (44%) who use practice management apps on their mobile device do so while they’re in court, and most of them are getting the information they need using an iPhone (49%).
There are many items that lawyers need access to via mobile devices when they’re away from the office, but a few are cited by the majority of lawyers. Those items ranked from most used to least used are:
- Time and expenses
- Contacts information
- Case information
- Invoices and bills
- Client intake
One of the key benefits lawyers get by using mobile devices is increased efficiency. 88% of lawyers report that mobile connectivity and mobile apps help them streamline activities and “do more with less.” 60% of lawyers say the same thing about tablet devices. It’s safe to assume that this number will increase significantly within the next year considering that the use of tablet devices by lawyers rose from 14% in 2011 to 33% in 2012.
It’s also important to point out that 91% of lawyers who report using tablet devices to do their jobs refer to their tablets as iPads. In other words, it can be assumed that nine out of 10 lawyers who use tablet devices are using iPads.
Clearly, lawyers are no longer lagging behind in mobile adoption rates. The same is true of social media and content publishing. In March 2012, the 2012 In-House Counsel New Media Engagement Survey showed that both social media and content publishing had become mainstream among lawyers who used new media primarily as an “intelligent filter of useful information.”
Today, that information is available anytime and anywhere a lawyer needs it via his or her mobile device based on the data in the MyCase.com infographic shown below, and clearly, lawyers are leveraging that constant access to information.