Artificial intelligence (AI) and the legal profession

This horizon scanning report examines the potential influence of artificial intelligence (AI) technology in legal services and its impact on legal processes, jobs and values.

The term AI can be applied to computer systems which are intended to replicate human cognitive functions.

In particular, it includes 'machine learning', where algorithms detect patterns in data, and apply these new patterns to automate certain tasks.

There are rapid developments in artificial intelligence that will have significant implications, both for the legal profession and a number of areas of the law itself.

This report explores developments including:

  • document analysis
  • contract intelligence
  • document delivery
  • legal adviser support
  • clinical negligence analysis
  • case outcome prediction
  • public legal education

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