“[Experts] predict BigLaw will hire fewer young attorneys…as artificial intelligence and automation technology are increasingly used for more mundane legal work.”

http://www.law360.com/technology/articles/858265/artificial-intelligence-has-biglaw-rethinking-associate-hiring?nl_pk=124a246d-3381-49ae-b0a9-d4422a0dffdb&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=technology

A couple of months ago I attended a lecture by an expert on the application of AI in the legal profession.

A colleague asked what career advice should be given to those who in the future consider the legal profession given the potential impact of AI on the job market.

She gave the unsatisfying answer that they may want to become programmers.

It seemed she had not given much thought to that issue, that her emphasis is elsewhere, but someone needs to be looking at this.

The event I attended was sponsored by a law school.  Perhaps we should have asked what career advice should be given to those considering a career as a law professor.

I don’t think the legal market should be regulated in some way that the demand for human lawyers is “artificially” increased, but that the realities of the economics of this dynamic market need to be carefully considered and accurately communicated.

Maybe the machines are finally responding to that line from Shakespeare:  “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”

One Response to ““[Experts] predict BigLaw will hire fewer young attorneys…as artificial intelligence and automation technology are increasingly used for more mundane legal work.””

  1. “Over 20 years, 80 percent of the work force will be replaced [by Artificial Intelligence].” – – Vinod Khosla | The Greg Jones Blog Says:

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