A small firm has to keep track of open and closed cases, client names,
opponent names, and substantial other data, even if it has no cases that
require massive amounts of data. Consider various alternatives for organization
of basic data. The simplest way is to use features of the database built into
Microsoft Office, which is MS Access. View the lecture notes on this to review
and of course use the text to review options. Access may match databases used
by business clients, since it is not specific to legal work.
What other options are there? What are the pros and cons of using legal specific
products like Clio.com, Casemap, and Abacus that have database type features?
Some products emphasize keeping track of data on cases, others for the law firm
itself, and others are all in one. Why might you use legal specific products
instead of Access? Why might Access be easier to use for some law firms?