Future Lawyers or Robots with Big Data?

15 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2020 Last revised: 22 Jun 2020

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Mark Findlay

Singapore Management University - School of Law; Singapore Management University - Centre for AI & Data Governance

Date Written: June 5, 2020

Abstract

This brief critical review of the intersection between AI, big data analytics, legal service delivery and access to justice commences with the acceptance that AI is changing legal professional ecosystems for good and ill. Lawyers, their clients, and the nature of legal service delivery are selected for a critical evaluation of how AI is and will radically reconstruct legal agency and access to justice across Asia.
The core of legal agency, legal education and legal services is the law, not data analytics or AI. The latter must be the servants of law, as are lawyers. If law is a tool for achieving solutions to problems, they are social problems with normative goals. Introducing AI to enhance law’s applications can only be compatible with the preferences of stakeholders if these goals are clear and never lose their link to the social significance of legal services.

Keywords: AI, big data, legal profession, legal service delivery, access to justice

JEL Classification: K40

Suggested Citation

Findlay, Mark James, Future Lawyers or Robots with Big Data? (June 5, 2020). Singapore Management University School of Law Research Paper No. 8/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3619657 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3619657

Mark James Findlay (Contact Author)

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Singapore Management University - Centre for AI & Data Governance ( email )

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