Legal Apps

The School of Government is considering whether to enter the world of smartphone and tablet apps as a vehicle for conveying legal information. Given my love of gadgets, you can imagine how enthusiastic I am about this possibility! For example, we could develop an app that would serve as a mobile legal reference for law enforcement officers, or an app that would assist lawyers in making structured sentencing calculations.

However, my personal excitement about this project is no substitute for actual market research. We would like to know whether there is an audience for apps, and if so, among which groups of people. Please take a moment to help us make an informed decision about whether to go down this road. Note that we are surveying officers and lawyers separately below.

If you are a law enforcement officer, please vote in the following two surveys:

Do you have a smartphone or tablet?

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Would you consider purchasing a high-quality, moderately priced legal app?

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If you are a lawyer or a judge, please vote in the following two surveys:

Do you have a smartphone or tablet?

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Would you consider purchasing a high-quality, moderately priced legal app?

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Finally, if you have specific ideas about criminal law apps that you would like to see, please send me an email or post a comment. We have several concepts already, but are certainly open to others.

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