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March 6, 2012
Making the List of "25 Game-Changing iPad Apps for Law Students & Lawyers"
It looks like TR Legal fell for one of OnlineCollege(dot)org's lists of "Top X blab, blab, blab." Such lists are routinely published as a effort to drive traffic to OnlineCollege's website. Expertise is not an essential requirement of the list compilier. In this case, Thomson Reuters' Legal Current post, WestlawNext deemed “game-changing” app for law students, cites to OnlineCollege(dot)org's list of the "25 Game-Changing iPad apps for Law Students and Lawyers" (citation to the list intentionally omitted). "Deemed," really?
Also making the list of TR Legal apps but not highlighed in the Legal Current post is Black's Law Dictionary, 9th ed. Perhaps that is because of the list's description:
Seeing as how Black's Law Dictionary carries a $54.99 price tag, it might not prove a fiscally prudent choice for students; pros, however, might find it a valuable investment to have every term they may or may not encounter available at their fingertips.
No one would expect Legal Currents to report that other featured apps include Fastcase, Lexis CourtLink, and LexisNexis Law School Q&A Series. I haven't checked to see if those vendors fell for OnlineCollege(dot)org's "trap" by publicizing their app listings because, well, life is just too short and I was sufficiently bored one day to click on my Legal Currents RSS feed. [JH]