IndyBar: Practice Toolkit: Chatterbox: Is ChatGPT Going to Take Your Job?

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Jared Correia

By Jared Correia, Red Cave Consulting

Every lawyer I’ve spoken to in the last month or so has been talking about ChatGPT, which has sort of captured the societal zeitgeist. And whenever the concepts of machine learning or artificial intelligence are brought up — they are two very different things, actually — attorneys always start asking: Is this new tech going to take my job?

Well, if recent use cases respecting ChatGPT are any indication, the answer is a resounding ‘‘no.’’At least, it appears that a tool like ChatGPT will not be taking over for ‘‘real’’ lawyers any time soon. So let’s examine some of the use cases.

A friend of mine who is an ethics attorney used ChatGPT to find caselaw on an ethics issue — just one problem: ChatGPT completely made up three cases that didn’t actually exist. Another lawyer asked ChatGPT to create a legal brief — it was great with the case cites (this time), but the narrative was wonky; it wasn’t written like a lawyer. One of my current consulting clients is using ChatGPT to build a pricing schedule and processes, with good results so far. But when you directly ask ChatGPT for legal advice, it tells you to contact an attorney.

So, lawyers shouldn’t fret too much about being replaced with AI quite yet. (As if the prior results weren’t convincing enough.)

At this point, AI is still an assistive tool for lawyers but needs far more development (likely decades’ worth) to replace lawyers doing actual legal work.•

Jared D. Correia, esq., is the founder and CEO of Red Cave Law Firm Consulting. He is a regular presenter at local, regional and national events.

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