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INTRODUCTION

The first hint of AI in the legal profession came in the 1970s with the arrival of on-line access to information on US laws and legal precedents (Westlaw and LexisNexis), Now there are over 40,000 databases from about 70 countries (including China) with sophisticated search algorithms.

Today, AI is being used to bypass lawyers by creating simple legal documents (like wills and uncontested divorce paperwork), to fight traffic tickets, and, with much greater sophistication, to anticipate legal rulings. Blockchain will soon start to reduce the demand for trusted third-party legal services.

Employment in law firms has been reducing for decades, as the need for support services (such as document drafting and delivery, and research) has diminished or can be handled more expeditiously by more senior lawyers. As in other professions, there is a growing problem in the development of experienced lawyers, with fewer juniors available to be assigned significant work, and to make the supervised mistakes that will teach them the wisdom that current senior lawyers have gained from their own mistakes.

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Jan/18: Handle an uncontested US divorce free of charge (AI/Law - 2017-10 - Wall Street Journal)

About 95% of divorces are uncontested, which can cost up to $10,000, the bulk of which is for attorney fees. Starting in February 2018, the chatbox DoNotPay will generate all the documents necessary to file for divorce in the US, without involving lawyers. All you need is to get your partner to sign.

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More technology, fewer lawyers, and the future of law (AI/Law - 2017-09 - Jewish World Review)

A book by University Professors Benjamin Barton and Stephanos Bibas argues that the very things that are making life worse for lawyers and law firms may pay off for lower- and middle-income Americans by finally making legal services affordable. Lawyers are being replaced by software, paraprofessionals, and even outsourcing, and their income and employment prospects have been largely stagnant (or worse) for decades.

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AI reaches same conclusion as Judges of the European Court of Human Rights 79% of the time (AI/Law - 2017-08 - FutureScope)

AI computer at University College, London was fed all documents relating to 584 cases decided by the European Court of Human Rights on alleged infringements of articles 3, 6 and 8 of the European convention on human rights. The resulting judgments were accurate 79% of the time.

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