The impact of artificial intelligence on the legal profession

The impact of artificial intelligence on the legal profession

The impact of artificial intelligence on the legal profession

The arrival of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools is having a notorious impact on various sectors and, obviously, the world of traditional law cannot remain on the sidelines of the digital transformation.

This irruption has developed into a specific branch called Legaltech, which encompasses the use of technology to market or provide legal services. There is a certain reluctance on the part of legal operators to transform their processes and ways of working, however, they must change their mentality and enter into what is known as "New Law", from two perspectives:

On the one hand, they must adapt to the fact that along with the figure of the more classical lawyer, legal expertise will be complemented and mixed with other profiles such as mathematicians, engineers, AI experts and Data Analytics experts, among others. On the other hand, they must familiarise themselves with the new employment models that have led to the emergence of new professional opportunities, for example:

  1. Robot lawyer: these will be the professionals who will advise software developers and manufacturers. In addition, this type of lawyer will be in charge of verifying the information sent by robots to avoid litigious situations, for example, sending private information to the wrong person.
  2. Lawyer specialising in chatbots: Their most essential function will be to advise technology companies on the use of personal data and on industrial and intellectual property, among others.
  3. Data analyst for law firms: They will be in charge of analysing, extracting and filtering data from different sources.
  4. Lawyer specialising in virtual reality: This is a professional expert in the technology that allows part of the real world to be visualised through a technological device.
  5. Legal Engineer: This new professional in the legal field is defined as a hybrid between a lawyer and a programmer.

In short, artificial intelligence has marked a before and after.