The legal profession has traditionally been slow to embrace technology. After all, this is the industry and practice that still relies upon their old methods, such as using multitudes of paper in their processes. According to Forbes, the reason why attorneys struggle with the adoption of technology is that nobody “wants to be replaced by technology and most people do not like change”.
Not only that, there are also other internal issues that may not have anything to do with the reluctance to change. A legal firm may be too big to let a transition to technology be easy, or buying the necessary software that is outside of the traditional areas of billing and trail support is difficult.
In recent years, however, legal firms have been at least partly embracing opportunities associated with algorithm-driven computer technology. One of the technological advancements that is starting to be taken into consideration for legal firms is the presence of AI (Artificial Intelligence). There are, however, two main schools of thought for this: (1) AI spells the end of the legal profession, versus (2) AI provides the profession with opportunities it should embrace.
Those that believe in the potential of AI within the legal profession suggest that AI should stand for “Attorney Intelligence”. After all, AI tools still require the input from legal experts in order to function effectively and do the function it is called for. An AI system will only function correctly when it is instructed properly on what it needs to do, especially with the ever-changing nature of the legal profession concerning the clients it deals with. In that sense, lawyers will still continue to play a key role in the development of AI platforms – alongside the delivery of legal services via traditional legal platforms.
To learn more about how AI can contribute to the legal profession, which can also be applicable with other industries and professions, check out this infographic by Law In Order.