Lawyerbot is a new program that they're trying to introduce in order to make the average lawyer's mundane tasks easier, but I'm not sure if this is good news or bad news for future Law grads.
In a recent study in the Richmond Journal of Law and Technology, lawyer labor was tested against lawyerbots with predictive coding software. Researchers found "evidence that such technology-assisted processes, while indeed more efficient, can also yield results superior to those of exhaustive manual review." In basic terms, the computers had the humans licked.
Still, with computers taking over tasks formerly done by humans, particular jobs will inevitably be lost. Mike Lynch, the founder of Autonomy, a company that uses "pattern-matching technology" to organize digtial information for clients, told The New York Times he believes the legal sector "will likely employ fewer, not more, people in the U.S. in the future."
Is it officially time to panic?