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ChatGPT Review: Artificial Intelligence for Lawyers

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Our Rating: 4/5

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Core Features

For Artificial Intelligence, the following are essential features, and you should therefore expect to see a check in every box in this section.


Product Security

Most AI products are built in such a way that they are inherently insecure. If this box is checked, the product or application claims to keep data secure and away from the prying eyes of the public. Although users should not put client information into these platforms, typically sensitive company information is safe.

Client Confidentiality

While some products are secure enough for your own data, others go the extra step of making sure no third party (even themselves) have access to any of the data in your AI product. In these cases, the provider claims that your data is secure enough to maintain your client's Attorney/Client privilege.

Marketing Tasks

Can this product be used for basic marketing tasks like blog creation, social media videos, or website images?

Documentation Assistance

Can this product be used to help document how to do something, whether internal or external facing?

Non-legal Research

Is this product helpful with basic, non-legal research?

Legal Research

Although answers from any large language model tool should be double checked by an appropriate expert, some products claim to be trained on legal specific information. In these cases, it may be reasonable to trust them with legal specific questions or research. Keep in mind, however, that your professional rules likely require you to check their work.

Basic Drafting

Will this product assist in basic drafting of non-legal specific documents (e.g. email, invoices, job descriptions)?

Legal Specific Drafting

Can this product be useful in handling legal specific drafting?

Contract Management

Can this product be used to create and manage contracts?

Additional Details about ChatGPT

Free vs Paid (ChatGPT Plus)

ChatGPT was the first AI to breakthrough into public awareness in late 2022. It was trained on publicly available information on the internet. The free version’s “learning” stopped in 2021. The paid version includes newer material in its database. For many questions this distinction doesn’t matter, but for others it will. As a family law attorney, for example, you could safely ask the free version for article ideas for newly-single parents. The information’s age is less relevant than, for example, asking for smartphone recommendations.
Other improvements in the paid version include a newer, faster response generator (GPT 4.0 versus 3.5) and priority access during busy times.

Found in Other Programs

While ChatGPT is best known for the chatbot, available the web and mobile apps for iOS and Android, many vendors are building ChatGPT into their own products. These third-party tools could be as simple as a different front-end to ChatGPT to a full-scale incorporation into their product. Rocket Matter, for example, integrates ChatGPT directly into their LPMS.
ChatGPT may exist in or be “coming soon to” something that you already pay for.

A Good Place to Start

In addition to carrying on a “conversation” based on your questions, ChatGPT can summarize documents and spreadsheets you upload and even do creative writing like drafting scripts for commercials. For firms that are true “one man bands” this could be an enormous timesaver. But please remember to think of AI’s answers as a draft from an intern or summer associate, not something that is automatically ready for primetime.”

Who ChatGPT is for

For general use, people seeking a quick answer on a non-critical question or who’d like to get basic background information on a topic should consider ChatGPT. This tool can also help with creating draft language for websites, blog posts, letters, and marketing materials.

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