Robot Lawyer Army?
In the first installment of this series, I wrote about what AI is, how it works and its general impact on the legal industry and legal technology. In this article, I will tackle the question of whether AI will replace lawyers.
I am sorry to disappoint anyone who had visions of unleashing a horde of mechanical robot lawyers to lay waste to their enemies via a mindless rampage of bone-chilling logic and robo-litigation. That isn’t happening, but it does paint a pretty cool picture of the robot lawyer army I’ve always wanted. Instead, what most likely to happen are three things.
1) Some legal jobs will be eliminated, e.g., those which involve the sole task of searching documents or other databases for information and coding that information are most at risk.
2) Jobs will be created, including managing and developing AI (legal engineers), writing algorithms for AI, and reviewing AI-assisted work product (because lawyers can never concede the final say or the provision of legal advice to AI).
3) Most lawyers will be freed from the mundane task of data gathering for the value-added task of analyzing results, thinking, and advising their clients. These are roles that will always require the human touch. AI will just be a tool to help lawyers do all of this better, faster and more cost effectively.