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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Although 2016 has been 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. 

Ark Group's 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.

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 designed to be a primer for those who want to get up to speed on legal AI; it does that admirably... Robots in Law is a wide-ranging and vendor neutral guide that covers developments across many law firms and in wider legal contexts. If you are one of the many lawyers identified at the recent SCL Tech Law Futures Conference as ‘just not getting it’ then this book may enable you to ‘get it’ in a neat package that will save you hours of wider research." Laurence Eastham, Editor of Computers & Law The SCL Magazine

Contents

Part I: Legal AI – beyond the hype

Chapter 1 – defining legal AI

Chapter 2 – From BI to AI

Part II: Putting AI to work

Chapter 3 – Virtual legal assistants

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

Chapter 5 – AI first – service as software

Part III: AI giving back – return on investment

Chapter 6 – AI and lawtech start-ups

Chapter 7 – AI for good

Chapter 8 – AI challenges

Part IV: Looking ahead – but not too far!

Chapter 9 – Robot lawyers: a new chapter in legal IT

"In her timely and up-to-date survey of AI in law, Joanna Goodman (the Gazette’s regular technology columnist) sweeps away the semantics. AI is defined as a machine that is capable of learning and communicating in natural language.

This is important, because by this standard, 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, Law Society Gazette, News Editor

Authors

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.