The legal profession — tradition-bound and labor-heavy — is on the cusp of a transformation in which artificial-intelligence platforms dramatically affect how legal work gets done.
Those platforms will mine documents for evidence that will be useful in litigation, to review and create contracts, raise red flags within companies to identify potential fraud and other misconduct or do legal research and perform due diligence before corporate acquisitions.
The primary areas where AI is being applied in the law, so far, include the following broad categories:
- review of documents for discoverable or otherwise relevant information, generally referred to as technology-assisted review (TAR).
- legal research through automated searches of a universe of case law and statutes.
- contract and legal document analysis.
- proofreading, error correction, and document organization.