The revolutionary new artificial intelligence bot ChatGPT is good enough to pass the US bar exam and doubtless many others, and so can it replace lawyers, too?
The onset of truly impressive and workable AI is something that may be worrying lawyers, but how confident is the AI tool about its own ability to beat out the highly paid lawyers handling all manner of legal work?
The law ‘pass’ was not at the top range of marks, but impressive nonetheless.
The Bot’s average C+ performance fell below the humans’ B+ average, but that would still be enough to earn the chatbot a law degree. It was enough to be placed on academic probation at Minnesota, which is ranked as the 21st-best law school in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
And that is also enough to garner the Bot, with a little improvement, a highly paid role in a law firm in the Big Law salary scale roster.
We asked ChatGPT to answer the question as it sees the current situation regarding the application of its AI intelligence to legal work in the future.
Here’s what it said:
It is unlikely that a tool like ChatGPT or a similar AI can completely replace lawyers.
While AI can assist lawyers in tasks such as document review and legal research, the legal profession requires a high degree of expertise, critical thinking, and the ability to understand complex issues and make nuanced judgments.
Additionally, the practice of law often involves interacting with clients, negotiating, and appearing in court, tasks that are difficult for an AI to perform.
However, AI can certainly assist lawyers in their work and help to make the legal process more efficient and cost-effective.