The International Rise of Mobile Law Apps
Few people would argue with the claim that mobile devices have become central to our lives. They’re always with us, and have become extraordinarily useful. With high-speed Internet connections, advanced displays, entertaining and helpful applications, and powerful internal computers, a world of possibility has been unlocked. Let’s take a look at a few key statistics behind mobile app usage today.
Mobile by the numbers – International mobile use
There are more than 1 billion smartphone users worldwide, and this number is growing every year. As a result, the Internet, once solely a desktop experience, has gone mobile.
- Thirteen percent of all Internet activity now comes from mobile users. In addition, along with this increased smartphone saturation, international mobile use of apps has also skyrocketed.
- App use increased 115 percent in 2013, driven primarily by messaging and productivity apps.
And given the demanding schedules of lawyers, productivity is something that they need.
Lawyers — professionals who are often on the go and need constant connectivity — have embraced mobile devices wholeheartedly. Indeed, mobile law apps like Fastcase and Time Clock have changed the game for many lawyers.
But generalized apps are also in heavy use. Almost 30 percent of emails are opened via smartphones. In addition, attorneys are viewing documents and PDFs on mobile devices, taking notes, using voice-to-speech apps and much more.
Mobile law apps, while potentially worrisome at first due to security concerns, have proven to be integral productivity tools for attorneys around the world. And now, international lawyers in the @WashULaw program can add one more critical app to their devices:
The @WashULaw mobile app is here!
Available in both Google Play and Apple’s App Store, the @WashULaw app can work wonders for students around the world in the @WashULaw LL.M. in U.S. Law program. The app allows students to interact with peers and professors, review course materials online and off, submit projects and assignments, and even set reminders — all from their mobile devices.
The entire @WashULaw program was designed around student convenience and flexible learning without sacrificing the quality of education or experience, and now the @WashULaw app takes everything to the next level. Let’s look at the features in more detail:
- Offline course materials. Students can download course videos to their devices and then watch them at their leisure, even when not connected to the Internet. This makes @WashULaw unique. No other program currently offers this functionality.
- Networking. Connecting with classmates around the world is much easier. With the @WashULaw app, students can reach their entire class network no matter where they are to discuss course materials, industry developments or simply to connect for business purposes.
- Notifications. Never forget an assignment or class again! With notifications, students will receive reminders about upcoming class sessions, deadlines for schoolwork, meetings with professors or study groups, and other events.
- Stay in sync. Activities on the mobile app sync with your other electronic devices (e.g. desktop computer), so no matter where and when students are working, nothing gets lost or left behind.
Online education is an extremely convenient alternative to traditional residential programs. Delivery of course materials and educational experiences is always done in ways that conform to student needs. Now, with mobile law apps like the one offered by @WashULaw, the core mission of online education can take another big step forward.