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How Do You Feel About AI in the Law Office?

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A new survey shows a split on the issue.

Eight out of ten lawyers say ChatGPT and other AI applications can be used in the law office, but only half believe they should be used.

Those results – from a recent survey by Thomson Reuters – perfectly illustrate the conflicting attitudes about AI.

“Whichever side of the debate over this fledgling technology a lawyer might find themselves, one idea the report makes clear — whatever the level of use of ChatGPT and generative AI eventually reaches among law firms and throughout legal, this technology has the potential to change the industry,” the report says. “And even in its infancy, the growing acceptance of ChatGPT and generative AI is being seen as a watershed moment.”

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Key Findings from Thomson Reuters

AI attitudes are evolving. Only three percent of respondents are actually using generative AI now. A larger portion (34 percent) are considering its use.

Firms are cautiously proactive. About 15 percent of respondents say their firms have warned employees against unauthorized generative AI use at work. Six percent say their firms have banned unauthorized usage outright.

There’s a growing awareness of the risks. Sixty-two percent of respondents are concerned about ChatGPT and the like.

It’s coming whether we like it or not. “Within the next six months everybody at the firm will be using it,” says a managing partner at one big firm. “And there’s absolutely no way you’re going to stop that, because people will get more in tune with what’s happening and how quickly this technology is developing.”

SOURCE: New report on ChatGPT & generative AI in law firms shows opportunities abound, even as concerns persist – Thomson Reuters Institute

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