Robots in Law: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Legal Services

Robots in Law: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Legal Services is designed to provide a starting point in the form of an independent primer for anyone looking to get up to speed on AI in legal services.

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  • Publication date: November, 2016
  • Pages: 150
  • ISBN: 978-1-78358-264-8


NEW REVIEW: By Jason Moyse and Lisa Culbert - "For insights, knowledge, and literacy, Goodman’s book lays a clear framework for the novice to understand AI"

"For those lawyers who fall into that group of wanting to better understand AI, there may be no better starting point than Robots in Law" -Robert Ambrogi, Above The Law

Although 2016 was the breakthrough year for artificial intelligence (AI) in legal services in terms of market awareness and significant take-up, legal AI represents evolution rather than revolution. Since the first ‘robot lawyers’ started receiving mainstream press coverage, many law firms, other legal service providers, and law colleges are being asked what they are doing about AI. 

Robots in Law: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Legal Services is designed to provide a starting point in the form of an independent primer for anyone looking to get up to speed on AI in legal services. 

The book is organized into four distinct sections:

  • Part I: Legal AI – Beyond the hype 
  • Part II: Putting AI to work
  • Part III: AI giving back – Return on investment
  • Part IV: Looking ahead 

The first three present an in-depth overview, and analysis, of the current legal AI landscape; the final section includes contributions from AI experts with connections to the legal space, on the prospects for legal AI in the short-term future.

"AI is here now. And going to work in law firms.  In the second half of 2016, hardly a week went by without some firm, academic or start-up announcing an innovation. Anyone inclined to dismiss this entirely as hype should read Robots in Law. In 150-odd pages we get a clear round-up of what is happening plus (perhaps more interestingly) some predictions from the best human brains in the business about what it all means." - Michael Cross, editor, The Law Society Gazette

Along with the emergence of New Law and the burgeoning lawtech start-up economy, AI is part of a new dynamic in legal technology and it is here to stay. 

The question now is whether AI will find its place as a facilitator of legal services delivery, or whether it will initiate a shift in the value chain that will transform the legal business model. 

"This book, is recommended for all those wanting to catch up with AI, or those needing to catch up (whether they want to or not). That is pretty much all of us." - Laurence Eastham, Editor of Computers & Law, The Society for Computers and Law Magazine



By Richard Tromans, innovation consultant to law fi rms at TromansConsulting and editor of Artifi


Executive summary 

About the author 


Part 1: Legal AI – Beyond the hype

Chapter 1: Defining legal AI

  • What is AI? 
  • Why is AI so hot right now?
  • Research and legal AI
  • Where does AI fi t into legal IT?
  • Robots in law – A few examples!

Chapter 2: From BI to AI 

  • BI and big data
  • AI’s two-factor authentication
  • The AI of BI – and the BI of AI!
  • Get the BI right first
  • From dashboard to conversation

Part 2: Putting AI to work

Chapter 3: Legal research – Virtual assistants

  • Contract robots – Beyond automation
  • Machine learning… and teaching
  • The conversational assistant
  • Machine learning is at the heart of legal AI

Chapter 4: ‘Driverless’ law – An intelligent platform for legal services

  • Robot lawyers – The legal chatbot
  • From document automation to driverless law
  • Self-driving platforms?
  • Pay-as-you-go AI
  • Narrow AI as a service
  • Corporate legal drives AI as a service

Chapter 5: AI first – Service as software

  • AI as a platform – Riverview Law
  • AI-powered apps – Neota Logic
  • AI collaboration
  • A portfolio approach to legal AI

Part 3: AI giving back – Return on investment

Chapter 6: AI and lawtech start-ups

  • The lawtech start-up phenomenon
  • Global communities
  • Investors and incubators
  • Start-up tips from TrademarkNow
  • Start-up tips from Seedcamp

Chapter 7: AI for good

  • Brainstorming for good
  • Chatbots extend access to legal advice
  • Robot justice

Chapter 8: AI challenges

  • Legal, ethical, and regulatory considerations
  • Implementation challenges
  • Disrupting the law firm value chain
  • Strategic choices
  • Building AI into law firm culture

Part 4: Looking ahead… but not too far!

Chapter 9: Legal AI – Creating the future

  • Can AI drive client centricity?
  • Unleashing the true potential of AI – Building the exponential law fi rm 
  • A global perspective on legal AI

Chapter 10: Robot lawyers – A new chapter in legal IT

  • Beyond the hype – Transforming, but not taking over


Joanna Goodman
Joanna Goodman is a freelance journalist, writer, and author. She covers business and technology topics for national publications and blue-chip corporates. She is the IT columnist for the Law Society Gazette and writes regular features for The Guardian about cutting-edge technology, brands, and media. Her favourite topics include artificial intelligence, robots and chatbots, virtual assistants, connected devices, driverless cars, and virtual and augmented reality – and she’s always interested in finding out about technology that’s new and different. Her professional life reflects her interests in technology, books, art, and design. Joanna has written several short films and an independent feature film, Alfheim’s Edge (2016). She has an MBA in strategic management from Kingston University. Joanna is based in London. She likes films, going to dance classes, and travelling to new destinations. 

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