From hacking your brain to study smarter and monitoring your bodily functions to timing your pee during a movie so that you don’t miss anything: if there’s a problem to be had, there is quite literally an app to solve it, which is great because law students and grads have plenty of problems. Like too much work, not enough time, an assignment due yesterday, chronic sleep deprivation, and rickets from prolonged vitamin D deficiency.

Well, great news—say it with me nowthere’s an app for that! (Except, perhaps, for rickets: you’ll need to go outside and get some sunshine.)

To improve your toolbox, Brainscape has put together this list of the best apps for law students and the best bar exam apps, not only to help you crush the mountain of content you’re required to learn but also to take a more holistic approach to excelling in law school and beyond.

Here we go!

(Oh, and make sure you read our seminal study guide on how to study for the bar exam more efficiently!)

The 5 best apps for law students (in law school)

We’ll start with the best apps for law students: for those who have just embarked upon, or are already neck deep in law school and its rushing tide of information and assignments. In our next section, we’ll cover the best bar exam apps; in other words, specifically for studying for the bar exam.

Law School Apps # 1: Black’s Law Dictionary

Best apps for law school Black’s Law Dictionary

It’s the most widely-used law dictionary in the United States and a trusted staple of any law student’s education: Black’s Law Dictionary. But rather than lugging around a 200 lbs tome when you’ve already got 2,000 lbs of textbooks in your bag, this law school app makes for a lightweight and lightning-quick reference tool. It even costs less ($54.99 at the time of writing).

Within the virtual pages of the 10th edition of Black’s Law Dictionary, you’ll discover more than 50,000 terms and 16,000 new definitions than previous editions. The app even packs pronunciation guidance with audio pronunciations for over 7,000 terms. You’ll be fluent in Latin before you’re through with law school!

Get Black’s Law Dictionary: App Store

Law School Apps # 2: Brainscape’s Web & Mobile Flashcards

Best app for law school Brainscape’s web & mobile flashcards

A virtually indispensable study app for law students is Brainscape, the world’s smartest study and flashcards app. With Brainscape you can make, source, and study flashcards for free, or upgrade to Pro for unlimited access to vast flashcard collections made by top law students and professors.

Better still, you can download Brainscape’s certified MBE flashcards or MPRE flashcards, which have been authored in accordance with the latest NCBE test plan and cover the highest-yield content you need to know in BarBri, Themis, Kaplan, Adaptibar, BarMax, Critical Pass, and other popular test prep providers. (Here's the full "tea" on how our MBE flashcards are made and vetted.)

What makes Brainscape one of the best apps for law students?

Brainscape's Bar Exam flashcards dashboard, flashcard question and answer, and progress meter
Through its engaging and colorful user interface, Brainscape’s flashcards deliver facts in short question-and-answer pairs. These are neatly organized into decks, which you can study anytime, anywhere, online or off.

It’s a powerful tool that allows you to reduce enormous amounts of law content into neatly organized collections of flashcards. Then, through a sophisticated spaced repetition algorithm, the app delivers this content back to you at precisely the right interval for YOUR brain to optimize its retention. This helps you learn, understand, and memorize all that information TWICE as fast as the traditional study methods you’re probably using.

By using Brainscape consistently throughout law school—anytime, anywhere, on any device, and for as little as 20 minutes per day—you can efficiently memorize the content as you progress and actually arrive at your final exams with your earliest lectures still fresh in your mind!

Get Brainscape Smart Flashcards: App Store | Google Play

Some other (totally FREE) treats in Brainscape’s toolbox include:

For ALL the ways our app can help you streamline and optimize your study experience, check out 'How to study in law school using Brainscape'.

Law School Apps # 3: Evernote (for note-taking)

Best apps for law school Evernote

Gone are the days of carpal tunnel syndrome and notes that look like a spider fell into an inkwell and stumbled across your page! Every law student needs a sophisticated way to take, manage, and order their notes and Evernote is the perfect app to do that.

Evernote allows you to write notes, which are automatically saved (and synced) across all your devices. You can save audio recordings, videos, and PDFs, which allows you to record your lectures so that you can spend that precious time with your professor actually listening, engaging, and asking questions. Then you can make study notes afterwards without having to rush or risk missing anything.

Evernote also allows you to use your smartphone camera to scan hard copy documents (like other students’ notes, the whiteboard, or your textbooks), which saves you from carrying around a back-breaking load of books. AND, on top of all of this, the app is built for collaboration, which allows you to share notes and documents with a study group.

There are a ton of other features too, but essentially, Evernote will help you to get super organized; keep all your information in one easily searchable and manageable location; and stay on top of your documentation, which is kinda “make or break” in law school.

Get Evernote: App Store | Google Play

Law School Apps # 4: My Study Life

Best apps for law school My Study Life

On the subject of getting organized, another really helpful app for law students is My Study Life, which takes your daily, weekly, and monthly classes, goals, assignments, and study schedule and puts it all in one easy-to-visualize, manage, and control location. In other words, if you were Tom Cruise in Minority Report, this app would be your three-dimensional virtual reality screen that allows you to control your life with the flick of a wrist.

But, make no mistake, My Study Life is no pedestrian calendar. The app allows you to oversee and organize your classes, assignments, schedules, and exam timetable with the added option of setting reminders and rotating schedules. You can also track your progress on any tasks, swiftly plan your life, find available time slots for new tasks, and prevent double booking. Also, it’s kinda pretty to look at, which helps since you’ll be spending so much time here!

Essentially, My Study Life is your central hub; your mothership; and your hot secretary with the mad multitasking skills, without which you’d be a total mess.

Get My Study Life: App Store | Google Play

Law School Apps # 5: Headspace

Best apps for law school Headspace

“Oh great, the last thing I need is some woo-woo hippy app,” said the new law student who had no idea just how soul crushingly intense law school would be.

Take my word for it: get Headspace. This is a pretty necessary law school app (and even bar exam app) for all students because it’ll help you keep your head screwed on straight when it feels like you’re being drowned beneath a monster tide of information, assignments, and reading.

Headspace packs a smorgasbord of short guided meditations to help you:

  • Maintain peace and calm (not easy when you’re overwhelmed)
  • Fall asleep (really not easy when you’re overwhelmed)
  • Cope with stress and anxiety (it’s a matter of when, not if in law school)
  • Find focus and build productivity, (you’re gonna need it)
  • Release tension (you know, because not everyone has time for dating in law school.)

Don’t wait to mentally derail before you introduce a little measured peace into your life with Headspace, which has all kinds of great features and content to help you hold onto your sanity and, even better, thrive in law school.

Get Headspace: App Store | Google Play

Also, definitely check out these top (free) mental health resources for law students!

The best bar exam apps

Alrighty, so you’ve made it through law school and now you’re studying for the bar exam, or perhaps you’re still in law school and on the hunt for a solid law school exam AND bar exam app you can use to nail your preparations: good for you! We have two categories of just such apps for you:

(1) Bar course apps, which are only accessible with enrolment at one of the three big-name bar prep courses (BARBRI, Kaplan, and Themis); and (2) bar course supplementary apps, which are stand-alone apps you can easily download and include in your toolbox to give you that bleeding edge on the competition! Let’s take a look at both …

Best Bar Exam App # 6: BARBRI Study Plan

Best apps for bar prep BARBRI

BARBRI is a well-established name in the world of bar prep and for good reason! They have an impressive pass rate and a ton of content, resources, and practice questions for law grads preparing to take on the bar. Of course, you have to be enrolled for one of BARBRI’s review courses to get your paws on BARBRI's bar exam app, so if you have your heart set on another prep course, like Kaplan or Themis, scootch on ahead in this guide.

What can you do with BARBRI’s bar exam app? Watch or listen to lectures, access outlines, work on assignments (anytime and anywhere), and take multiple-choice practice questions. You also get a personal study plan, which takes the guesswork out of how you should be pacing yourself in order to be ready for D-day (or should I say B-Day *snort laugh*)

Get BARBRI's bar exam app: App Store | Google Play

Pro Tip: All of the three major bar prep courses offer flashcards but as more of an afterthought feature. It's still recommended that if you want a really EFFECTIVE, adaptive flashcard experience to fill in that time when you have a few minutes to spare throughout your months of bar prep, Brainscape is the absolute go-to choice!

Best Bar Exam App # 7: Kaplan Bar Review

Best apps for bar prep Kaplan Bar Review

For a same-same-but-different flavor of bar prep, check out Kaplan’s bar exam app, which advertises itself as “the ultimate preparation solution for both the multi-state and individual state components of the bar exam”.

Once again, you can only get this bar exam app if you’ve enrolled in their course so, really, the app is more of a “side gig”. Still, though, it’s pretty useful!

With Kaplan’s bar exam app, you get a personalized study plan, lectures on demand, unlimited essay grading, an impressive bank of practice bar questions, and more outlines and printed materials than you can shake a stick at. They even have an ‘Ask-an-Attorney’ hotline, which sounds WAY saucier than it probably should.

Get Kaplan's bar exam app: App Store | Google Play

Best Bar Exam App # 8: Themis Bar Review

Best apps for bar prep Themis Bar Review

The third major bar prep course competitor (in no particular order) is Themis, which offers a “cutting-edge curriculum backed by decades of experience in bar exam preparation” and an approach that has “revolutionized the way students prepare for the bar exam (with the pass rates to prove it).”

This bar exam app is, like BARBRI and Kaplan, a supplementary tool to Themis’ bar prep course that, again, requires you to have enrolled with them. So, if you’re broke and looking for an inexpensive bar exam app, you’re outta luck here, although they do offer free content for Law School Essentials and MPRE Review.

For those with the moolah to spare (or really, really generous parents), Themis offers students rich lecture content, your progress through which automatically syncs across your devices; and added support for flashcards, but only for some of their courses and no option to customize them… hey, I have an idea, leave the flashcards up to Brainscape!

This bar exam app also features simplified progress tracking that allows you to see which chapters you have completed, which are in progress, and which you need to do next; and customizable quizzes to continue to strengthen your skills after you’ve completed a subject.

Get Themis's bar exam app: App Store | Google Play

Finally, here are those sweet, stand-alone apps you can easily download and use to complement and power your studies, whether you’re enrolled in an expensive bar prep course or attacking the task of preparing for the bar completely on your own!

Bar Exam App # 9: Brainscape’s Certified MBE Flashcards

Example of a flashcard question-and-answer pair in Brainscape's MBE study app
Brainscape’s web and mobile app breaks knowledge down into logical bite-sized question-and-answer pairs, which compel users to engage active recall and metacognition to learn, while the spaced repetition of flashcards ensures more efficient learning.

In addition to being the best app for making and studying flashcards, Brainscape has collaborated with a panel of law experts to curate comprehensive certified collections of flashcards for MPRE Exam Review and the Multistate Bar Exam. Check them out here:

Each pre-made collection provides an in-depth review of EVERY major subject area on the MPRE and MBE respectively, making them excellent supplementary study resources for any bar prep course you might be taking. In fact, no matter which provider you’re using—BarBri, Themis, Kaplan, Adaptibar, BarMax, Critical Pass, & others—these bar exam flashcards will support your learning.

Also, with Brainscape rocking both web and mobile, you can study these flashcards anytime, anywhere, and on any device, even offline, if you download your flashcards beforehand.

Brainscape's MBE flashcards web dashboard
Brainscape's web dashboard, showing the individual decks of flashcards within our collection for Civil Procedure. Our MBE flashcards consist of 8 collections for each of the major subject areas on the Multistate Bar Exam: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.

From constitutional, contract, and criminal law to torts, evidence, and more, these flashcards cover the most essential and highly-tested facts on the bar exam. This saves you a ton of work on determining what’s important to know versus what’s secondary. It also saves you the enormous amount of time of making these flashcards yourself!

Brainscape certified MBE flashcards
Brainscape’s adaptive MBE Review flashcards leverage the potent learning power of spaced repetition to help you memorize the most essential law content quicker.

By leveraging spaced repetition—and other cognitive principles like active recall and metacognition—Brainscape is the best bar exam app to help you remember the mountain of law content you need to answer the more complex questions posed by the bar exam.

Your next steps? (1) Get Brainscape’s certified MBE flashcards and then (2) download Brainscape’s hands-free bar exam prep podcast to get quality studying done when driving, exercising, cooking, on the bus or anytime, anywhere! (You can also watch our bar exam prep playlist of YouTube videos.)

Bar Exam App # 10: BarMax Bar Exam

Best bar apps BarMax Bar Exam

And now for the stand-alone bar exam app, BarMax, which is touted as the “most effective and affordable bar prep course”. BarMax is the lovechild of Harvard lawyers and top iPad developers … and who knows how to ace the bar exam better than Harvard lawyers who’ve been there, done that and got the six-digit annual salary to show for it?

For both the MPRE and MBE, the BarMax bar exam app serves up on-demand audio lectures by notable Harvard Law School-educated professors, black-letter law outlines, flashcards, real questions from previous exams, detailed analytics, and personalized writing revisions by former bar exam graders, which is super helpful for polishing your essay-writing skills.

BarMax says it’s free but you know how these “free” bar exam apps roll: some of their content is free but the good and important stuff is behind a paywall that’ll set you back up a couple of hundred bucks for the question banks or a couple of thousand for the comprehensive bar prep courses.

Get BarMax Exam and MPRE Review: App Store

Bar Exam App # 11: AdaptiBar Multistate Bar Exam Prep

AdaptiBar Multistate Bar Exam Prep

Launched in 2003, AdaptiBar Online MBE Simulator and Prep advertises itself as “the only bar prep provider to offer a combination of 100% licensed MBE questions from the NCBE and patented adaptive technology that adjusts to each individual user’s studying needs." This bar exam app focuses almost entirely on MBE question practice with substantive performance statistics and content to help you learn from your mistakes and constantly improve.

To do this, AdaptiBar's bar exam app continuously assesses your performance and automatically adjusts the presentation of questions to focus on your areas of weakness without neglecting an area of strength. Hm, sounds just like Brainscape’s spaced repetition algorithm. Never mind, AdaptiBar is still superlatively useful; essential even for the kind of practice you’ll need to become a bar exam assassin!

Their bar exam app packs practice question banks, online practice exams, complex performance statistics and graphs (to help you understand how you did and how to improve), MBE flashcards, and substantive video lectures.

Get AdaptiBar: App Store | Google Play

Best bar apps UWorld LEGAL

The final bar exam app on our list is UWorld’s MBE QBank, which features 1,500+ questions with 1,200 written by the NCBE for prior bar exams and 300 simulated by UWorld’s team of successful attorneys and law professors. UWorld’s content is geared at helping you master the fundamental legal principles and analytical reasoning tested on the bar exam, but also at making you super comfortable with tackling bar-style questions. Hundreds of them.

With this bar exam app, you’ll:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of complex legal concepts by reviewing content-rich rationales for both correct and incorrect answers;
  • Increase your retention and comprehension with practical illustrations, flowcharts, timelines, and tables that simplify rules and rationales; and
  • Strengthen your weakest subjects with a user-friendly interface that lets you create customized exams and unlimited practice tests.

And, of course, like all the other bar exam apps we’ve covered in this guide, you can study anytime, anywhere, on any device, and monitor your study progress as you work through the material.

Get UWorld Legal: App Store | Google Play

A final word on the best apps for law school and bar exam apps

best apps for bar prep

We’ve covered quite the arsenal of apps for law students and bar prep so now your challenge is to decide exactly what you need and to cherry pick the few that’ll best serve your purposes.

Once again, we’d like to emphasize that Brainscape’s certified MBE flashcards are the most powerful complement to any review course; one that’ll help you memorize the necessary law content TWICE as efficiently. This is important because the last thing you have time for when you’re trying to pass law school and the bar exam is inefficient study techniques!

Of course, many of the other bar exam apps we covered can also serve you tremendously well. Just remember to study hard, study consistently, do plenty of practice questions, and look after your physical and mental health throughout this marathon of an experience. If you do all these things—and lean on Brainscape—you can and you will rise to the challenge and pass the bar exam!

Additional (free) resources for law grads studying for the bar exam

Brainscape’s “Hands-free” bar exam prep podcast: You can listen to this valuable series of bar prep episodes on Spotify or Apple Podcasts (wherever you listen to podcasts), or listen/watch as a series of videos on our Law YouTube Channel.

Brainscape’s Law YouTube channel: A library of video content and interviews with bar prep and legal experts on how to excel in law school, at the bar exam, and in your law career.

Brainscape’s Law Academy: A library of written law school and bar prep study guides that’ll equip you with the tools, advice, and study hacks you need to learn as efficiently as humanly possible, without burning out.