Cheat Code: How Will AI Affect Legal Research & Writing?

Legal research and writing had been the oldest of old school endeavors — even by the turn of this past century, lawyers and law students were still going to physical libraries, to leaf through paper books. 

Obviously, that changed significantly, with the advent of the internet, as law students and attorneys started researching and drafting online, including in real-time collaborative fashion. 

Now, as AI has come to the fore, legal research has been changing once again. 

So, what does this all mean for lovers of legal research and writing? 

We brought Ross Guberman of BriefCatch onto the Non-Eventcast podcast in order to find out.

I started the show by asking Ross about his experience starting a legal technology company, including getting to the point of raising capital (5:03). 

Next, we discuss whether and how Ross plans to utilize AI in his own product (7:32), before addressing what Ross thinks the future looks like for legal research and writing, including the effect of AI on that process (8:23). 

After that, Ross talks about how AI will influence the legal profession as a whole, into the future (18:22), including the potential for custom GPTs for law firms (13:27). 

Ross also spends some time addressing grading in law school, when students are using AI (19:44). 

Finally, Ross talks about how judges are reacting to applications of AI (21:17), as well as addressing a recent case where a court required the disclosure of the use of AI by attorneys, and whether that will become a trend moving forward (20:53).

If you’re interested in the implications around the use of AI in the legal research and drafting space, we’ve got all the angles covered in this episode of the Non-Eventcast podcast.

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Jared Correia, a consultant and legal technology expert, is the host of the Non-Eventcast, the featured podcast of the Above the Law Non-Event for Tech-Perplexed Lawyers. 

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