How willing are law firm partners to replace first year associates with robots? The results are in (PDF), and it doesn’t look good for first year associates. Altman Weil, a legal consulting company, has just released its annual “Law Firms in Transition” survey of 320 large law firm managing partners. The survey measured things like firm optimism, growth, and financial performance. The bonus question asked how willing law firms would be to not just use artificial intelligence, but replace personnel with it. Here’s the survey question and responses:


I guess the whole prediction about how robots aren’t going to replace lawyers isn’t going to pan out after all. Paralegals seem to be first on the chopping block, followed by first year associates, and on up the food chain. Only 20.3% believe that computers will never replace lawyers. Maybe the legal singularity is closer than we think.

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