Ready for robot lawyers? How students can prepare for the future of law

Studying law From algorithms and artificial intelligence to smart contracts, technology will transform the legal profession. Here’s what it could mean for law students Lawyers have a 3.5% chance of losing their jobs to robots over the next 20 years, compared with 94% for paralegals. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images Studying law Ready for robot lawyers? How students can prepare for the future of law From algorithms and artificial intelligence to smart contracts, technology will transform the legal profession. Here’s what it could mean for law students There was a time when law firm trainees were essentially glorified administrators. They filled their days with photocopying, pagination and trawling through documents. Now, computers do those mundane tasks much faster and without complaint. As law firms increasingly resemble tech companies, it’s up to law students to keep up with the pace of change – and to prove that trainees still have a role. Understanding the impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning on legal services could set applicants apart when competing for legal training contracts, says Christina Blacklaws, director of innovation at Cripps LLP. Students will have to put some of the work in themselves, though. Blacklaws thinks law degrees have fallen behind…


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