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A few decades ago, legal practitioners spent countless hours amidst towering piles of physical text, carefully drafting handwritten briefs for their clients. Since the late twentieth century, this old-fashioned practice has become modernized, beginning with the transition from typewriters to computers, the introduction of online legal research databases, and recently with the use of online court hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic Today, the legal profession is in the midst of its most recent technological booster, as artificial intelligence (“AI”) has become mainstream and begins its inevitable assimilation with the industry. However, AI technology presents different consequences and concerns due to its rapid development and a disconcerting fear of what it could ultimately mean for lawyers around the world. Most recently, news of the first robot scheduled to appear in court received so much backlash, that its creator postponed the appearance due to fear of criminal prosecution. Moreover, one of ChatGPT’s latest iterations claims the ability to pass the Uniform Bar Exam (“UBE”), achieving a score in the 90th percentile of human test-takers.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on April 17, 2023. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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