- Clio is a powerful, innovative, user-friendly law practice platform that offers law firms an array of options for adding functionality through its extensive App Directory and open API. Learn more about Clio.
- CosmoLex is cloud-based law practice management software with a robust feature set that includes a full law-firm accounting package. Learn more about CosmoLex.
- MyCase is affordably priced law practice management software for firms looking for a streamlined law-firm productivity tool. Learn more about MyCase.
- Smokeball is desktop-based law practice management software for Windows-based law firms. Its robust document and automation features are tightly integrated with Microsoft Word and Outlook. Learn more about Smokeball.
- AbacusLawAbacusLaw is a good fit for firms that want an all-in-one solution with access to a private cloud server and desktop software. Learn more about AbacusLaw.
- ActionStepActionStep is a good fit for firms looking for a customizable workflow process. It’s also good for highly organized document management and full accounting. Learn more about ActionStep.
- AdvologixAdvologix is a good fit for firms looking for an organized, matter-centric program. Learn more about Advologix.
- Amicus AttorneyAmicus Attorney is a good fit for firms that need a wide range of functions and features to manage their practice. Learn more about Amicus Attorney.
- Case.oneCase.one is cloud-based law practice management software that is priced by the case instead of by the user. Learn more about Case.one.
- CaseFleetCaseFleet is a good fit for firms looking for law practice management software with a powerful timeline tool to keep track of cases. Learn more about CaseFleet.
- CASEpeerCASEpeer is cloud-based law practice management software for personal injury lawyers, with high-volume intake management and settlement tracking. Learn more about CASEpeer.
- CenterbaseCenterbase is highly configurable, cloud-based law practice management software with customized workflow automations meant for small firms of 5 or more. Learn more about Centerbase.
- ClioClio is a powerful, innovative, user-friendly law practice platform that offers law firms an array of options for adding functionality through its extensive App Directory and open API. Learn more about Clio.
- CosmoLexCosmoLex is cloud-based law practice management software with a robust feature set that includes a full law-firm accounting package. Learn more about CosmoLex.
- FilevineFilevine is a good fit for personal-injury firms looking for a straightforward and distraction-free interface. Learn more about Filevine.
- Firm CentralFirm Central is a good fit for small firms looking for a straightforward software with little bells and whistles. Learn more about Firm Central.
- HoudiniEsqHoudiniEsq is a good fit for firms who want email built into their practice management software, but it’s probably not a good fit for firms looking for full accounting features. Learn more about HoudiniEsq.
- LawcusLawcus is intuitive, workflow-focused law practice management software that's especially useful for productivity focused law firms with well-defined systems and processes. Learn more about Lawcus.
- LEAPLeap is a good fit for solosmall attorneys looking for a robust all-in-one solution. Learn more about LEAP.
- Legal FilesLegal Files is a good fit for firms looking for a streamlined process when it comes to document assembly and management. Learn more about Legal Files.
- MerusCaseMerusCase is customizable, cloud-based law practice management software that's best for small to medium-sized litigation firms. Learn more about MerusCase.
- MyCaseMyCase is affordably priced law practice management software for firms looking for a streamlined law-firm productivity tool. Learn more about MyCase.
- NeedlesNeedles is a good fit for firms looking to work with an on-premise software program, but it isn't cloud-based and its user interface is seriously dated. Learn more about Needles.
- PCLawPCLaw is a good fit for firms looking for powerful billing and accounting practice management software. Learn more about PCLaw.
- PracticeMasterPracticeMaster is a good fit for firms who want a well-rounded calendar to keep track of firm-wide appointments. Learn more about PracticeMaster.
- PracticePantherPracticePanther 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. Learn more about PracticePanther.
- ProLawProLaw is a good fit for firms looking for an all-in-one solution to managing their practice, but it's not cloud-based and it may be overkill for many small firms. Learn more about ProLaw.
- Rocket MatterRocket Matter is cloud-based practice management software with a powerful and easy-to-use productivity dashboard. Learn more about Rocket Matter.
- SmartAdvocateSmartAdvocate is full-featured and built for litigation firms by a litigator who developed it for his own firm over 14 years. Learn more about SmartAdvocate.
- SmokeballSmokeball is desktop-based law practice management software for Windows-based law firms. Its robust document and automation features are tightly integrated with Microsoft Word and Outlook. Learn more about Smokeball.
- Time MattersTime Matters is a good fit for firms looking for hefty, customizable desktop-only management software. Learn more about Time Matters.
- Zola SuiteZola Suite is a good fit for firms looking for an all-in-one solution, including mobile apps and fully integrated billing. Learn more about Zola Suite.
How to Choose Law Practice Management Software
There is a lot of law practice management software for lawyers to choose from, and more coming onto the market all the time. Even if you have identified your firm’s specific needs, it’s a challenge to sort through dozens of products to find a good fit.
Whether you are a first-time shopper or considering a switch for your firm, we’ll try to make it easy. Here’s how to choose the best law practice management software for your firm:
- First, know what you should expect from software with our Legal Software Bill of Rights.
- Next, identify your firm’s specific needs. Break down your law practice management software requirements into must-have and nice-to-have features.
- With your needs in hand, download our comparison chart below, which shows the key features for all the software in our directory. You can get more information about the options that most interest you by visiting the product page for each, linked below.
- Finally, sign up for a trial account with 1–3 likely options, put them through their paces, and select the one that will work best for your firm.
Feature Comparison Chart
See all the key features for all the law practice management software options in our directory.
(New software not included.)
Email client. Outlook and Gmail integrations are common, but this check is reserved for law practice management software that includes a full email client.
If you aren’t sure whether you need a full email client, look closely at the email options for the software you are considering. You might happy with an Outlook plugin or Chrome browser extension that allows you to associate your emails with your matters from within Outlook or Gmail. Some products offer other options, like a secret email address so you can import emails by BCC’ing your practice management software.
Calendar. As with email, this feature means a full calendar client, not just an integration with Outlook or Google Calendar, which don’t allow you to associate appointments with matters and contacts on their own.
Some products offer both: a full calendar client that lets you associate appointments with matters and contacts, plus sync with Outlook/Office 365 or Google Calendar so you can more easily take advantage of all the apps for your mobile devices that rely on those more popular calendar services.
Client/contact management. Being able to keep track of clients and other contacts is a fundamental law practice management software feature.
If you are looking for more robust contact management and customer relationship management (CRM) features, you’ll need to look closely for the specific CRM features you need.
Case/matter management. The defining feature of law practice management software is its case/matter-centered organization.
However, some software is targeted at specific practice areas, and may implement this in different ways in order to manage information specific to those practice areas. For example, you can track statutes of limitation and expert witnesses in everything, but personal injury–specific software makes it easier without any customization required.
Task management. Basic task management means the ability to create tasks, add due dates, associate them with cases/matters, and assign them to different lawyers. Some products stick to pretty basic task management, while others offer enough features to make any Getting Things Done devotee happy.
Secure portal. Lawyers need a way to communicate securely with clients, and secure communication and file-sharing portals are probably the easiest way to do that. Conveniently, many, secure communication portals have become common, especially in cloud-based law practice management software.
Conflict checking. An actual conflict checker is different than a mere search box. This applies to software that actually has a conflict checking feature. Implementation varies, but at a minimum you should be able to search the entire database for matching names.
Document management. Most law practice management software includes basic document management so that you can add documents and associate them with your cases/matters. Some also offer integrations with popular cloud file storage services like OneDrive/Office 365, Box, and Dropbox.
Document assembly. Loading your firm’s document templates into your law practice management software can save time and ensure consistency. This check means basic document assembly, suitable for form letters, invoices, etc. For advanced document assembly you’ll probably need additional software.
Timekeeping. This means time tracking specifically, but not billing and invoicing.
Billing/invoicing. This means billing and invoicing features.
Online payments. Payment processing is increasingly offered either as an included or add-on feature, especially with cloud-based law practice management software. If you are hoping to integrate a payment processor you already use, look closely to see if you will be able to.
Trust accounting. This means you can track your client trust accounts, including expenses and payments. It is normal to see trust accounting without basic bookkeeping or full accounting, in which case you will need something else, like Xero or QuickBooks, for accounting.
Basic bookkeeping. This means basic checkbook register–style bookkeeping, which is more limited than full accounting. You should be able to keep track of your operating accounts and reconcile your balances, but you may still need QuickBooks or Xero.
Full accounting. Some software includes full double-entry accounting features, making Xero or QuickBooks unnecessary.