» Hi, ChatGPT. What can ChatGPT do for lawyers (in 100 words or less)?
« As an AI language model, ChatGPT can provide assistance to lawyers in various ways. It can help with legal research by quickly searching and analyzing large volumes of legal documents and cases to extract relevant information. It can also assist in drafting legal documents such as contracts, briefs and pleadings, by suggesting language and formatting options based on context and legal precedent. Additionally, ChatGPT can assist with legal analysis by providing insights and recommendations on complex legal issues based on its vast database of legal information.
» Is ChatGPT trying to take lawyers’ jobs away (in 100 words or less)?
« No, ChatGPT is not trying to take lawyers’ jobs away. Instead, it can assist lawyers by providing them with a powerful tool to enhance their work efficiency, accuracy and productivity. While ChatGPT can automate certain tasks such as legal research and document drafting, it cannot replace the expertise and experience of a skilled lawyer. In fact, the use of AI technology like ChatGPT can help lawyers to focus on more complex and high-level tasks that require human reasoning and judgment.
» Now say that in rhyme.
« ChatGPT knows its limits well, It cannot replace lawyers with its spell. For only humans can bring the skill, Of judgment and experience, to fulfill. So fear not, lawyers, ChatGPT is your friend. It’s here to assist and help you to the end.
In November, when artificial intelligence research firm OpenAI launched its new chatbot, ChatGPT, it stirred both anxiety and awe. Type a prompt into a chatbox, such as, “How can you make lawyers’ lives easier?” “Will you take my job?” or even, “Write me lyrics about John Roberts in the style of Kendrick Lamar,” and ChatGPT can answer in seconds.
Built on OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 language model and trained on a massive—if dated and limited—dataset, ChatGPT quickly captured the world’s imagination and claimed 100 million active monthly users by January, according to a study by investment bank UBS.
People have quickly discovered the platform can churn out persuasive and eloquent copy that would take a human hours, days, months or even years to write, including drafts of emails, legal briefs, essays and books.
ChatGPT represents a dizzying leap in the capabilities of generative AI, which can create original content based on the dataset the technology draws upon. But while some in the industry are exploring its potential to aid in legal research, contract review, communications and litigation strategy, there is plenty of hand-wringing about how it could make lawyers obsolete.
Suffolk Law School Dean Andrew Perlman used ChatGPT to help write a 24-page law article, draft a U.S. Supreme Court brief on same-sex marriage, craft deposition questions and work on a real estate contract. Though the tech is flawed, and OpenAI says it may produce inaccurate and biased responses, Perlman predicts the technology will touch all facets of law practice.
“What we’re seeing now from emerging services like ChatGPT is there is a future for the use of AI and the delivery of legal services,” Perlman says. “We’re not there yet. But it’s pretty clear it’s coming very soon, and it’s going to have a disruptive impact on the way we go about our work.”
Other tech companies are getting in on the generative AI game. Google launched the chatbot Bard in early February. And the tech giant has invested in Claude, a chatbot created by Anthropic, a company founded by former OpenAI employees.
Not to be outdone, OpenAI announced in mid-March that it had created GPT-4, the newest iteration of its AI language model, which is capable of processing images and more text, among other enhancements.
OpenAI cautions that ChatGPT can respond with “plausible-sounding but incorrect or nonsensical answers.” Co-founder and CEO Sam Altman tweeted in December that ChatGPT is “incredibly limited but good enough at some things to create a misleading impression of greatness.”
Legal technology expert Dazza Greenwood, a lecturer and research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, warns that lawyers should confirm and authenticate everything ChatGPT produces.
“The best way to approach this is to either not use the technology for anything important, or to use it and be prepared to stand behind every word, every supposition, every assumption, every assertion, every single bit of the content,” Greenwood says. “In other words, just to treat it as a first draft; never to rely upon it as a final draft.”