Artificial intelligence offers lawyers many practical benefits. Below are some concrete applications of A.I. that I believe will improve your legal practice:

  1. Reduce errors: Computers are now capable of identifying typos, grammar errors, incorrect citations and inconsistencies in our writing. These systems can be tailored to your firm or practice area and help to provide an additional screen on our work. Think of it like spell check, grammar check and find-and-replace on steroids. Nothing is more embarrassing than a client pointing out a careless error.
  2. Spend less time on admin tasks: Computers can now learn from repetitive tasks. You can create workflow automation that takes certain actions based on events. A simple example is an email that automatically sends out once an invoice is paid, or an alternative clause suggested from previous contracts you have drafted when you change a choice of law provision. Streamlining workflows does not necessarily require A.I., but machine learning helps these workflows to improve over time.
  3. Provide more value to clients: If you are able to streamline administrative tasks and leverage computer help when filling out government forms, creating templates, scheduling meetings and finding the best supporting case law, you have more time to spend with your clients and really understand their specific situation. If you have more time to understand your client’s specific circumstance, you will be able to provide better representation.
  4. Generate more revenue: If you are able to spend less time doing non-legal tasks, you can spend more time building your practice. You can deepen relationships with your existing clients, stay up to date on case law developments, network with referral partners and meet with potential new clients. These are all ways to leverage A.I. technology to increase work-product quality, reduce overhead, provide greater value to your clients, and increase both profit margins and billables.