Your life is about to get so much easier.
Attorneys across the globe are tapping into a not-so-secret resource that is saving them time, money and brain expenditure. They’re using generative artificial intelligence—specifically, large language models such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT—to perform a range of tasks, including drafting their contracts, structuring their motions, writing their blogs and researching their cases. It’s a totally free legal resource—and when used correctly, it can shave hours off your workday.
“It’s obvious that ChatGPT is revolutionizing the legal industry,” says Michael Callahan, an attorney and CEO with the Callahan Law Firm in Houston. “ChatGPT frees up attorneys to concentrate on the strategic and creative aspects of their work by expediting document analysis, contract drafting, summary and language improvement. This use of AI technology improves productivity, efficiency and the provision of top-notch legal services to customers.”
Obviously, lawyers must keep in mind that large language models, of which ChatGPT is the most well-known and widely used, are not perfect and have been known to produce inaccurate information.
For instance, in June, two lawyers and their firm were fined $5,000 by U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel of the Southern District of New York for submitting a legal brief that cited six cases made up by ChatGPT out of thin air. That same month, OpenAI was sued for defamation in Gwinnett County Superior Court in Georgia after a radio host in the state claimed ChatGPT made up facts about him in a fraud and embezzlement case he was not a party to.
Nevertheless, it can be an effective tool at helping lawyers be more productive. Here are some things that ChatGPT does for attorneys to make their work life smoother:
It generates website content. Will Smith, a nursing home abuse attorney with the Law Office of Will Smith in Atlanta, often asks AI to generate content for his law firm’s website and to create 30-second video scripts on various nursing home abuse topics. He requests that AI optimize his search engine optimization to help focus on keywords and ideas. Smith says he’s still responsible for everything he writes, so he reviews ChatGPT’s suggestions and changes the words to fit his style. “However, when you have a mental block, GPT can help get your ideas flowing again,” he says.