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New US survey shows growing popularity of Apple in legal IT sector

The inaugural Clio Apple in Law Firms Survey results are out – the survey aimed to determine to what extent lawyers and law students are now using Apple and Mac products, and whether there is clear evidence of an increasing trend of the legal industry 'going Mac' in the future. The results were presented last Friday by Clio* president Jack Newton at the MILOfest ( conference in the US for Mac-using lawyers.

Out of 835 respondents who completed the survey:
48.8% practiced in a small firm (1-10 attorneys)
7.9% practiced in a medium-sized firm (11-50 attorneys)
16.8% practiced in a large firm (>50 attorneys)
10% were law students
3% were inhouse counsel

Lawyer Respondents: 55% of lawyers responding to the survey currently use Macs. 18% of Mac-using lawyers have been using a Mac for less than 1 year, 41% between 1 and 3 years, and 41% for more than 3 years.

Why Are You Using Macs (not PCs): 46% of respondents indicated that their decision to use Macs instead of PCs was because Apple technology is more reliable and secure. 32% of respondents indicated their decision was motivated by Mac's usability.

iPads in Law Offices: 26% of respondents currently use iPads in their law office, 42% of respondents that currently do not use iPads in their law office are considering purchasing an iPad in the next year

iPhones in Law Offices: 50.3% of respondents currently use iPhones as their primary device. 27.3% use BlackBerrys; 9.8% use Android-based devices; 2.3% use Palm devices. 27% of respondents plan on switching their primary mobile device in the next year. Of those planning to switch devices, 65% plan on switching to an iPhone; 21% plan on switching to an Android device; only 7% plan on switching to BlackBerry

Switching to Macs within Next Year: 19% of respondents that are currently PC users indicated they are considering switching to Macs in the next year

Cloud-based Apps used by Mac Law Firms: The most widely-used cloud-based application was Google Apps, with over 30% of respondents indicating they use Google's web-based productivity suite

Desktop Apps Used by Mac Law Firms: The most widely-used app in law offices was Microsoft Office, with 37% of offices indicating they use Microsoft's productivity suite. iWork was second place with 19% usage.

Student Respondents: 63% of law students that responded are Mac users. Only 10% of law students that responded are currently iPad users, but 70% of them plan on purchasing one in the next year. 63% of law students that responded plan to use Macs for their law office's IT needs when they graduate.

Clio plans on running this survey each year to benchmark the degree of adoption of Apple and Mac technology in the legal industry. Clio president and co-founder Jack Newton said “There was a time when Macs were not considered a legitimate computing platform for lawyers, but that has clearly changed. We are charting this trend of lawyers going Mac and will be very interested to see what the next year will bring as PCs and Blackberrys try to hold on to their market share while Apple and Mac products threaten to take over more of their turf.”

* Clio is a cloud/SaaS based practice management product specifically designed for solo practitioners and small law firms using PCs and Macs. Clio’s parent company Themis Solutions Inc is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Visit