How Apple Products Are Dominating The Legal Profession [Report]

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Legal practice management software company Clio has just released the latest results of a survey it calls “Apple In Law Offices,” detailing the use of Apple devices in law firms across North America.

The 2013 survey marked a considerable increase in Apple adoption — with a 10% leap in both office Mac OS usage (from 56% in 2012 to 66% last year), and iPad usage (from 57% to 67%), while iPhone usage spiked 12% to 74% (while Android and Blackberry both saw decreases in law firm usage compared to global adoption rates).

52% of respondents stated that they chose Apple products because the technology was more reliable and secure, while the benefit of usability followed next at 28%. Familiarity with Apple products represented 10% of respondent answers, while design and aesthetic reason accounted for 3%.

The report additionally suggests that since the debut of the iPad, penetration in the legal services profession has risen from an initial 10% to 67%.

“For the fourth year in a row, the 2013 Apple in Law Firm survey results show the iPhone and iPad as two devices that have reshaped the legal technology landscape, with 2 in 3 law offices using either an iPhone or iPad,” said Clio CEO and co-founder Jack Newton. “Few technologies have achieved this level of ubiquity in a law firm.”

  • Guest

    Maybe in the private sector, but Dell still dominates in government offices, where the lowest bid wins. So I will be using a crappy computer for the foreseeable future.

    • phoenix39

      Yep, still using crappy HP.

  • http://techshizzle.com/ rsbell

    I switched my 4 offices over to Apple in 2005 and never looked back. The doc prep software we used was Windows-only so we had to use Parallels.

    This app has now gone online (CINCompass), so we can dump Windows completely.

    If only CINCompass didn’t require Silverlight…

  • jameskatt

    Only people who want to become rich buy Apple products. So it only makes sense that lawyers buy Apple products in droves.

  • prl99

    This article only talks about mobile devices, not Macs. Unless things have changed recently, law schools still require the use of a Windows PC to take tests and that software takes over the PC, configuring it so the user can’t access anything other than the test. I always thought lawyers were honest. :-)

    I would love to see move Macs in law offices as well as throughout businesses. From personal experience managing a ton of them, I found it a lot easier to manage and secure the data on Macs than on Windows PCs. Of course, good old boy IT managers don’t like them because their jobs end up being greatly reduced.

  • mahadragon

    That’s because it’s far easier to carry a 1lb tablet than a 10 pound file folder with hundreds of legal documents.

  • Bradley Ball

    CLIO Buyer Beware! At the end of my trial period, I prepaid for one year in advance ($1,800+). This was on Friday. Over the weekend, I discovered some things that I could not make work with our processes. Cancelled on Monday and requested a refund. Offered to pay for a month. Response: NO REFUND!

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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