Concerns Over the Expansion of Artificial Intelligence in the Legal Field

Ben Einhouse


Advances in technology have surely made the practice of law more efficient, but looming advances in artificial intelligence should raise some concern about the price of this efficiency. Artificial intelligence programs already exhibit the capacity to replace the daily activities of some lawyers, which should raise some concern in the legal community, especially regarding legal ethics. Despite these concerns, the access to knowledge that artificial intelligence programs provide are a huge asset to the legal community, so we must regulate such programs properly. To frame this discussion, the type of artificial intelligence programs that are raising concern need to be identified. Then, the legal framework of what constitutes legal advice and malpractice will be examined, and how this framework might be applied to artificial intelligence programs. Finally, some general best practices for the future of artificial intelligence regulation as it pertains to legal ethics and malpractice will be discussed.