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Litigators Should Approach AI Tools With Caution

Law 360

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The new ChatGPT platform, developed and operated by OpenAI LLC, has taken the world by storm.

It has an impressive ability to take direction and, in turn, produce prose in almost any context — including those that could be used in a litigation practice. While ChatGPT certainly presents unique opportunities to litigators for streamlining certain areas of practice, they should be cautious of potential pitfalls with handing over the reins.

Potential Benefits

Artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT have become increasingly common in the legal profession. Litigators have begun using AI systems to streamline various aspects of the litigation process, resulting in improved efficiency and outcomes.

For instance, AI-driven document review systems can quickly identify relevant documents within large document sets, allowing small review teams to process a large volume of materials quicker. Legal research providers have also highlighted the capabilities of AI-driven natural language search engines, which are able to anticipate search objectives and provide relevant case law.

ChatGPT stands out due to its powerful ability to process natural language and to quickly answer questions and perform language-based tasks with minimal input. This functionality can potentially be used by litigators in a variety of ways to enhance their practices.

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