In recent years, one of the hottest issues that has permeated in the legal profession is the expected impact of Artificial Intelligence, a technological advancement that allows computers to look for patters in data, carry out evaluation tests and find results – essentially simulating human intelligence and decision-making. Undoubtedly, the legal profession has been slow to partake with technological changes, often still clinging on to their traditional ways, but the recent years has seen some openness to technology.
Artificial Intelligence, however, has sparked a new debate, particularly since it can mean the end of the legal profession or the replacement of many within the industry. After all, with the integration of AI systems, many feel that it would simply fall on to them to accomplish various tasks such as research or determining the type of legal counsel clients need.
However, there are those that believe in the potential and capacity of Artificial Intelligence not as the replacement of human lawyers, prosecutors and judges, but as complements for those in the profession.
According to Yseop.com, AI solutions can help lawyers, prosecutors, and judges “quickly obtain the appropriate, unbiased legal response to a situation, without having to rely on hours of sometimes painful research into legal documents and jurisprudence done either by themselves or their assistants. They can simply focus on what matters most in a legal case: the human aspect.”
This simply means that lawyers will still continue playing a key role for law firms, as they will be developing AI platforms alongside the delivery of legal services via traditional legal platforms. Since AI is still predicted to need the supervision and instruction of legal experts for it to properly function within the process system.
At the endpoint, it still ultimately falls upon law firms to decide and evaluate on whether or not they will integrate AI within their processes and services when it is finally possible for them to do so. To learn more about its possible effects within the legal profession, check out the infographic below by Law in Order.