AI has increasingly captured the hearts, minds, and works of industry and the law. Big law knowledge professionals are scrambling to develop processes that revolutionize efficiency and empower their firms to make decisions based on both hard data and legal acumen. Their clients are forcing it. But just how much, and “which much”, of legal process is going to be eaten, improved, or scaled up by AI and big data? How much is hype? Facts are increasingly rare in the marketing-driven boundary zone between AI and the law.
That rarity provoked this work.
On Legal AI is perhaps the first fact-based attempt to map the territory between AI and the law. While grounding the conversation in hard theory, Joshua Walker takes the reader through a flurry of (interstitially entertaining) real-world examples to resolve on a single “recipe” for developing legal AI, and making AI “legal”. This book is designed to help attorneys, students, and myriad others navigate our new reality successfully . . . because our “new reality” is already here. On Legal AI will aid readers in becoming far more productive and valuable to enterprise and government by specifically illustrating how to leverage practical legal automation, and how to avoid falling prey to its dangers. It seeks to marry the best mores and methods from law, computer science, and design—in time to catch the present wave of opportunity.