Businesses expect in-house legal departments to do more legal work with fewer resources today. Blickstein Group’s 13th Annual Law Department Operations Survey found that department resources (funding for personnel, technology, and personal retention) were one of the top three biggest challenges of 2020. That’s why legal departments should consider using artificial intelligence (AI) in law, especially in legal operations— it boosts productivity by reducing the time spent on tedious manual work, freeing you up to concentrate on high-priority tasks.
But what is AI in law? AI in law describes the application of computer-simulated human thought processes and behaviors to legal work. The aim is to use fewer resources to perform work without sacrificing quality. It’s important to note, however, that while legal AI— and even other mainstream AI like autocorrect or voice-powered personal assistants — can improve processes based on predefined rules, we are still not at a place where AI can replace humans. This is especially true in a field like law, where legal professionals are constantly crafting complex arguments and handling strategic planning.