The role of AI in the legal industry: exploring the potential changes


AI; Artificial Intelligence

By: Michael B. Gelfound and Samuel C. Jeon

Lawyers are witnessing the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into their practices. As with many other professionals, lawyers are exploring the potential applications of this technology. Tools such as ChatGPT and advanced language models are among the innovations being considered for their potential impact on the practice of law. The exploration of AI by lawyers is not just about efficiency but also about understanding its broader implications. 

A. Expanding Legal Access: Addressing Accessibility Concerns 

  1. For Non-Attorneys: Exploring New Avenues in Legal Assistance 

Access to quality legal advice has historically been challenging for some due to various factors, including cost. Platforms like LegalZoom have aimed to make legal services more accessible. AI-driven platforms are being explored for their potential to offer interactive and personalized legal guidance. These platforms might be able to draft basic documents, help users understand their rights, and provide preliminary legal advice, drawing from extensive datasets for accuracy. 

  1. For Attorneys: Exploring Enhanced Assistance 

The potential of AI tools, such as Casetext’s Co-Counsel, is being utilized for their ability to assist attorneys in legal research, case development, and document preparation. These tools may help in drafting memos, discovery, and motions, potentially increasing productivity and accuracy. It is important to note that any product or advice generated by AI should be verified and confirmed by an attorney and should not be blindly relied upon as there have been instances where the software created citations that did not exist leading to the lawyers who used the technology to be sanctioned. 

B. Personalized Legal Solutions: Analyzing Case Specifics 

Each case has its unique characteristics. AI is being explored for its potential to help lawyers understand the specifics of each case better. By analyzing extensive datasets, AI might identify patterns and trends that can inform legal strategies. 

C. The Evolving Landscape of Legal Education and Employment 

  1. For New Lawyers: Potential Shifts in Focus 

The integration of AI in the legal sector might change some of the roles traditionally filled by new lawyers, potentially allowing them to concentrate on more intricate tasks and client relationships early in their careers. 

  1. The Continued Importance of the Human Element 

While AI has potential advantages, the human aspect in the legal profession remains vital. AI might assist with data analysis, but it does not replace the nuanced understanding, empathy, and creativity that lawyers bring to their work. 

D. Potential Enhancements in Litigation Strategies: Exploring Predictive Analysis 

AI’s potential in predictive analysis is being explored for its ability to provide insights based on past decisions, historical tendencies, and similar case outcomes. Such insights could inform litigation strategies. 

E. Ethical and Regulatory Considerations: Addressing New Challenges 

The exploration of AI in the legal industry brings forth questions about ethics and regulations. Issues such as client data confidentiality and potential biases in AI algorithms are among the concerns being discussed. 


The exploration of AI in the legal industry is a multifaceted journey that involves both professionals and the general public. It is about understanding the potential applications and implications of new tools in the context of the legal profession. As the industry navigates this evolving landscape, it is essential to approach the transformation with care and consideration. 

For more information, please contact Michael Gelfound at, Samuel Jeon at, or your local FMG attorney.