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June 24, 2024

ABA Task Force on Law and Artificial Intelligence releases survey on AI and legal education

CHICAGO, June 24, 2024 – The American Bar Association and the ABA Task Force on Law and Artificial Intelligence released the results of its AI and Legal Education Survey, a compilation of insights gathered from law school administrators and faculty regarding the integration of artificial intelligence into legal education.

The survey was completed by 29 law school deans or faculty members between late December 2023 and mid-February 2024 and found that law schools are increasingly incorporating AI into their curricula. More than half of the law schools that responded to the survey (55%) reported that they offer classes dedicated to teaching students about AI. An overwhelming majority (83%) reported the availability of curricular opportunities, including clinics, where students can learn how to use AI tools effectively.

The survey suggests that AI is already having a significant impact on legal education and is likely to result in additional changes in the years ahead. With a majority of responding law schools offering dedicated AI courses and providing opportunities for students to engage with AI tools, it is evident that legal education is evolving to meet the demands of a profession increasingly shaped by technological advancements.

Other findings:

  • A substantial percentage of institutions (69%) have adapted their academic integrity policies in response to generative AI.
  • The survey revealed differing views on applicants’ use of generative AI in the admissions process. While none of the respondents explicitly permit applicants to use generative AI, a majority of law schools (62%) have not yet decided how to approach the issue.
  • A substantial majority of responding law schools (85%) contemplate changes to their curricula in response to the increasing prevalence of AI tools.

The survey indicates a trend towards integrating AI literacy across various legal disciplines, from legal writing to clinical practice, suggesting a broader acknowledgment that familiarity with AI tools and concepts is becoming essential for future legal professionals. The proactive measures taken by many law schools to update academic integrity policies and consider curriculum changes demonstrate a commitment to preparing students for the challenges and opportunities presented by AI in the legal landscape.

The ABA Task Force on Law and Artificial Intelligence was formed in August 2023 to address the impact of AI on the legal profession and the practice of law, including the ethical implications; identify the potential risks of AI; and develop insights into using AI in a responsible and trustworthy manner.The task force concentrates on several distinct areas involving AI including legal education, access to justice, the courts, governance, risk management and challenges the technology may impose on the legal profession.

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