How can lawyers benefit from artificial intelligence?
03 October 2017 Paweł Jasiński

How can lawyers benefit from artificial intelligence?

We are hearing more and more about artificial intelligence and computers that can simulate human intelligence. Often these statements are accompanied by revelations about how people and their work will become useless because they will be replaceable by the machines equipped with increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence. Apart from this vision of science fiction films, let us consider the benefits of artificial intelligence in the daily work of lawyers. Maybe instead of being afraid of AI, it would be better understand to it? Maybe, thanks to the friendship with these solutions, we will be able to create an „electronic” law firm?

What is AI in general?

Artificial intelligence or AI is defined as the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, in particular by computer systems. Processes simulated by computer systems that mimic our human minds are learning processes like acquiring information and learning the rules of using information, reasoning – using rules to reach certain or approximate conclusions and self-awareness and correction of one’s own mistakes. Of course, these are some of the most important mental processes, but the question is whether the fact that computer programs can imitate them (of course to some extent) is a cause for fear.

How can AI help lawyers?

In today’s world, we are bombarded with huge amounts of data. For an ordinary person, piercing through such amounts of information is tiring and tedious and over time fatigue causes confusion or makes us miss something. Artificial Intelligence along with its processes will be able to break through huge amounts of data, verify or search for specific information, without any fatigue at all.

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Tons of rulings to review? Leave it For AI!

In the previous paragraph, I mentioned that artificial intelligence can tirelessly look at huge amounts of data, using the programmed processes. For human beings, reviewing the same amount of data would take much longer. Artificial intelligence can thus be used in legal research. Going through a large number of rules and judgments is a real challenge, and if someone also has to rely on EU legislation and case law, he or she has at least twice as much work. Using programs with artificial intelligence will allow lawyers to look through it much faster and get more accurate results than the usual search options. Likewise, AI algorithms could be used to review contracts for specific, dangerous contractual clauses. Everyone lawyer would like such a program.

Will Artificial Intelligence check documents for us?

Law firms produce millions of documents a year. And who has not happened to make any unfortunate typo or error? Of course, once you write a document, you still need to check it for spelling, grammatical errors, lexical errors and other mistakes. But wouldn’t be easier to entrust these tasks to machines that would do it while we are still typing? Programs already can do a lot – just look at the software for translators, who can even suggest the whole phrase to the translator during his work. Similar solutions could be used in the work of a lawyer. Computer programs could suggest us the full phrases to put in legal documents or contracts which would be gathered on the basis of an analysis of many previous writings or database of documents. Just imagine what kind of ease would this be?

Legal Marketing? Artificial Intelligence will do it for you!

And what about legal marketing? There are already many programs with complex algorithms to automate some of the work involved in marketing. It is enough to mention the possibility of analyzing content marketing and the suggestion of content that would be popular to read on our blogs. Artificial Intelligence also performs work when suggesting specific websites or products to internet users. Based on the collected data from visited sites, algorithms are able to select products in the online stores on which products we recently searched for information. A pretty smart system to suggest next steps on the Internet. Likewise, it may be legal marketing. We have to look at what the future will bring us.

Summarizing…

Artificial Intelligence does not aim at denying people from their jobs and only has the purpose of facilitating, accelerating, and enhancing them. For lawyers, the potential for streamlining your workflow is really promising – programs for the office that allow you to accelerate research, automated writing and checking for errors. Also for those who want to deal with legal marketing to increase their income, artificial intelligence has some interesting solutions. We only have to watch and try new solutions, which in time will appear more and more sophisticated.

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