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
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