When choosing law practice management software for your firm, it is a challenge to identify your firm’s specific needs, then sort through dozens of options to find a good fit. It can be overwhelming.
We’ll try to make it easy.
- First, know what you should expect from software with our Legal Software Bill of Rights.
- Next, download the comparison chart below, showing the key features for all the law practice management software options in our directory.
- Then, get more information about the software that most interests you by visiting the product page for each.
- Finally, sign up for a trial account with 1–3 likely software options, put them through their paces, and select the one that will work best for your firm.
Below are links to more information, including our best-fit judgment for each product. If you just want to compare features, get our Law Practice Management Software Feature Comparison Chart. It’s a free PDF download:
Law Practice Management Software Information
- AbacusLaw - AbacusLaw is a good fit for firms that want an all-in-one solution with access to a private cloud server and desktop software.
- ActionStep - ActionStep is a good fit for firms looking for a customizable workflow process to manage your practice. It’s also great for highly organized document management and full accounting. However, it’s probably not a good fit if you’re looking for a very basic practice management software. More About ActionStep ActionStep is a robust practice management system […]
- Advologix - Advologix is a good fit for firms looking for an organized, matter-centric program. It’s also great for firms looking for strong client relationship management. However, it’s probably not a good fit if you’re looking for full accounting capabilities. More About Advologix Advologix is a law practice management program supported by Salesforce that is heavily focused […]
- Amicus Attorney - Amicus Attorney is a good fit for firms that need a wide range of functions and features to manage their practice.
- CaseFleet - CaseFleet is a good fit for firms looking for law practice management software with a powerful timeline tool to keep track of cases. It’s also great for firms who prefer to work with a visually clean and well-designed interface. However, it’s not a good fit if you want full accounting built into your LPMS. More […]
- Clio - Clio is a good fit for firms looking for exceptional user experience in the cloud.
- CosmoLex - CosmoLex is a good fit for firms looking for a robust all-in-one solution.
- Filevine - Filevine is a good fit for firms looking for a straightforward and distraction-free interface. It’s also great if you want to communicate via text with clients securely. However, it’s probably not a good fit if you want a program with full accounting capabilities. More About Filevine Filevine is plaintiff-side law practice management software program that lets […]
- Firm Central - Firm Central is a good fit for small firms looking for a straightforward software with little bells and whistles.
- Firm Manager (Development Suspended) - In January 2017, LexisNexis announced they were suspending development of their law practice management software program, Firm Manager.
- HoudiniEsq - HoudiniEsq is a good fit for firms who want in-house email built into their practice management software. It’s also great for document management and assembly. However, it’s probably not a good fit for firms looking for full accounting features, aside from billing and invoicing. More About Houdini HoudiniEsq is a practice management software program you can […]
- Lawcus - Lawcus is a good fit for firms looking for a simple and visual software that heavily focuses on task management and the workflow process. It’s also great for firms that want to collaborate and communicate easily and transparently with colleagues. However, it’s probably not a good fit for firms that need full accounting capabilities with […]
- LEAP - Leap is a good fit for solosmall attorneys looking for a robust all-in-one solution.
- Legal Files - Legal Files is a good fit for firms looking for a streamlined process when it comes to document assembly and management. It’s also great for tracking tasks, timekeeping, and staying on top of important dates. However, it’s probably not a good fit if you need billing, invoicing or any accounting features. More About Legal Files Legal […]
- MerusCase - MerusCase is a good fit for firms looking for robust accounting and bookkeeping capabilities built into their law practice management software. It’s also great for customizable workflow processes and task-tracking. However, it’s probably not a good fit for firms looking to integrate third-party applications. More About MerusCase MerusCase is a law practice management software program that boasts […]
- MyCase - MyCase is law practice management software that is a good fit for firms looking for tight, streamlined organization.
- Needles - Needles is a good fit for firms looking to work with an on-premise software program. It’s also good for staying organized with its checklist and task manager. It’s probably not a good fit for firms that want a complete cloud-based option to work on the go or those firms that want full accounting features. More […]
- PCLaw - PCLaw is a good fit for firms looking for powerful billing and accounting practice management software. It’s also great for generating detailed reports on your business. Although PCLaw has some case management features, it’s probably not a good fit if you’re looking for full accounting and in-depth case management capabilities in one software solution. More […]
- PracticeMaster - PracticeMaster is a good fit for firms who want a well-rounded calendar to keep track of firm-wide appointments. It’s also great for managing documents and searching all your files for conflicts of interest. It’s probably not a good fit if you’re looking for full accounting abilities in your practice management software. More About PracticeMaster Stay on […]
- PracticePanther - PracticePanther is a good fit for firms that like a clean and easy-to-use dashboard to manage their practice, including at-a-glance finances and calendar.
- ProLaw - Prolaw is a good fit for firms looking for an all-in-one solution to managing their practice. It’s also great for managing the financial side of your business with their full accounting features and flexible billing and invoicing. However, it’s probably not a good fit if you’re looking for an internal email platform. More About ProLaw ProLaw […]
- Rocket Matter - Rocket Matter is a good fit for firms that use certain third-party integrations like Dropbox and Skype.
- Smokeball - Smokeball is a good fit for firms who require hefty document assembly automation.
- Time Matters - Time Matters is a good fit for firms looking for hefty, customizable desktop-only management software.
- Zola Suite - Zola Suite is a good fit for firms looking for an all-in-one solution, including mobile apps and fully integrated billing.
Email Client. While Outlook or Gmail integrations are common, this check is reserved for law practice management software that includes a full email client, no third-party necessary.
Calendar. As with email, this feature means a full calendar client, not just an integration with Outlook or Google Calendar.
Client/Contact Management. Being able to keep track of clients and other contacts, and categorize them, is a fundamental law practice management software feature.
Case/Matter Management. The defining feature of law practice management software is its case/matter-centric organization.
Task Management. While different software handles task management differently, this means the ability to create tasks, add due dates, associate them with cases/matters and assign them to different lawyers.
Secure Portal. Lawyers need a way to communicate securely with clients, and secure communication and file sharing portals are becoming more common, especially with cloud-based options.
Conflict Checking. An actual conflict checker is different than a mere search box. This applies to software that actually has a conflict checking feature.
Document Management. Integration with Dropbox and OneDrive are common, but this means you can add or upload documents directly to your practice management software.
Document Assembly. Using document templates to generate documents based on your contact or matter records is efficient and earns this check.
Timekeeping. This means tracking time, but not billing and invoicing, which we listed separately.
Billing/Invoicing. This applies to software that includes billing and invoicing features.
Online Payments. Lawyers increasingly accept credit cards, debit cards, and echecks. And law practice management software increasingly includes online payment processing, either as an included feature or as an upgrade.
Basic Bookkeeping. This means you can do basic checkbook register–style bookkeeping. You may still need QuickBooks or Xero for full accounting.
Trust Accounting. This means you can track your client trust accounts within your practice management software.
Full Accounting. Some software includes full double-entry accounting features, making QuickBooks or Xero unnecessary.