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Types of AI Tools in Law

On October 31, 2019 by Schnader

Heidi W. Heller, Schnader’s Director of Research & Information Resources, published a book chapter, “Types of AI Tools in Law,” in Law Librarianship in the Age of AI. This cutting-edge volume, published by the American Library Association, surveys current practices and future trends and offers an incisive examination of the evolving roles for law librarians. Readers will learn how AI technology is changing law school curricula, lawyer practice, marketing, and other key aspects of the field.

As Heller begins her chapter:

“AI products in law use machine learning, natural language processing, analytics and visualization to enhance our work experience or work product…. Some products are already fully evolved, meaning they have been broadly adopted across legal sectors. Others are still being developed, or have not yet been broadly adopted. Impediments to full development or adoption in the legal industry include the cost of development and implementation, lack of trust in or ability to verify the results, and ethical considerations and professional regulations, including privacy and security concerns. One reason law has evolved as an industry targeted by AI developers is that it has abundant, high quality data in the form of publicly available information, including cases, dockets, statutes, regulations, and regulatory filings. There are multiple categories of and uses for artificial intelligence in the legal industry, and they have an impact on different groups of legal industry employees, including lawyers, librarians, other legal staff, clients and the public, and law students and faculty.” 

Click here to preview the book online.