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.
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.
- Amicus Attorney - Amicus Attorney is a good fit for firms that need a wide range of functions and features to manage their practice.
- 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.
- 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.
- LEAP - Leap is a good fit for solosmall attorneys looking for a robust all-in-one solution.
- MyCase - MyCase is law practice management software that is a good fit for firms looking for tight, streamlined organization.
- 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.
- Rocket Matter - Rocket Matter is a good fit for firms that use certain third-party integrations like Dropbox and Skype.
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.