We’re at a very interesting inflection point. It would not surprise me if professionals of the future will be expected to make queries to chatbots and other tools to at least get an initial draft of a document.
— Dean Andrew Perlman of Suffolk University Law School, in comments given to Reuters on the use of the artificial intelligence program ChatGPT in legal practice. Perlman said he thought first-year law students ought to learn about using ChatGPT as a tool in their legal research and writing classes, just like they learn about conducting research on Westlaw and LexisNexis. But, Perlman cautioned, law professors may soon have to ask students what tools they used when completing written assignments. “Given how rapidly the technology seems to be progressing, these are conversations that are going to have to happen sooner rather than later,” he said.
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