The legal industry might not have been the quickest off the bat when it comes to embracing new technology. However, over the last couple of years, law firms have started to take note of tech trends and started to implement new and exciting tools to streamline and make tasks easier.
Of all the new tech trends in the industry, here are some of the most useful to those working in law:
Legal Research and Document Review
Legal research is something that every new lawyer will spend hundreds of hours undertaking, as they learn how to review documents properly. The problem is, particularly for new lawyers, it can be hard to find the right cases that support your argument.
Which is why the advancement of software that sifts through research for you, is becoming so important. With AI-powered software, the efficiency and accuracy of legal research is vastly improved and can be undertaken in a fraction of the time.
This software works by marking documents that are relevant to the case in question and it will then use its algorithms to find other documents that might be useful. Which means that a law firm’s case should have an increased chance of winning a case, as their research is as efficient as it can be.
For most lawyers, the most tedious task in their workload is typing up reports. Often taking a few hours of a law professional’s day, this could soon become a thing of the past due to voice typing software. These assistants will type up your documents for you and will even correct grammatical errors, making for a more finessed final product.
AI Apps Giving Legal Advice
One of the most exciting tech trends to hit the legal profession are AI apps that can give legal advice. These robots are programmed with a large amount of data, which allows them to understand questions and identify the appropriate response.
This is particularly useful to the legal profession as it allows firms to add a chat robot to their website, where it can answer routine enquires without wasting the time of other lawyers. This allows them to deal with cases that need more attention.
Even better, chatbots can work 24/7 so no matter if a query is asked at 1pm or 1am, these bots will deal with the inquiry the same.
Legal Outcome Prediction
The most common question that any lawyer will hear is: “how likely are we to win?”. Which can be a difficult question depending on the complexity of the case. Now, thanks to prediction software, lawyers can give their clients a more accurate response, as this software will search through thousands of trials to give a more informed prediction.
Online Law Education
For most law students, they believe that the university education they receive is enough to prepare them for working in a law firm. However, in most cases, students will still need a large amount of training when they start in the legal profession which takes time and money.
To make life easier – for graduates and firms alike – there are now numerous online education tools that aim to teach new skills and knowledge to those looking to work in the legal profession. These tools are even useful to established lawyers who would like to add to their skills, too.
Technology might have been a scary concept for those in the legal profession. However, by adding the right apps and software to a firm, these law firms are saving time, resources and money. Which can only be a good thing for the world of law?