One of the industries that has always been slow to adapt technology is the legal profession. Despite the advancements in recent years that have made a multitude of industries’ processes easier, more efficient and more cost-effective, the legal profession has still been timid in nature when it comes to the subject of technological integration.
There are a couple of reasons for this. According to Forbes, a mindset of fearing the day that technology may replace humans within the profession may be stopping legal firms into adopting technology. Nobody wants that to happen, as it usually spells unemployment and hard times when it comes. The problem may also lie within the firm’s structure itself – their firm may be too big to let such a transition go smoothly, or geographical constraints may be preventing them from gaining access to the technology they need.
In the recent years, however, legal firms are slowly starting to embrace the opportunity that is integrating more advanced technology within the work processing, especially technologies that are associated with algorithm-driven computer technology. One of these is Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is more commonly found with industries that deal with complex systems that are expected to deliver services quickly, accurately, and efficiently.
Two schools of thought are in conflict with this possibility. There are those who believe that AI means the end of the legal profession, and there are those who believe that AI will provide the profession with opportunities in changing and developing the industry, which it should embrace.
The school of thought that believes in the potential of AI within the legal profession has suggested that AI be referred to as “Attorney Intelligence” – a concepts that essentially means that AI tools still require the input from legal experts in order to function effectively and properly.
With this, lawyers and other legal experts are still integral to the industry, and will still continue playing a key role in the development of AI tools alongside the delivery of legal services via traditional platforms. It will not replace legal expertise by professionals due to the ever-present need of instruction before working, especially within a profession that deals with various changes and intricacies such as the legal industry.
Check out this infographic by Law in Order to learn more about how AI can change the legal profession for the better.