Legal Deserts and the Impacts of AI in the Law

6 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2021

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Dr. Lance B. Eliot

Stanford Center for Legal Informatics

Date Written: November 29, 2021


A somewhat newer catchphrase about the law and the practice of law consists of referring to so-called legal deserts. In general, a legal desert is considered a geographical locale that has a proportionally low number of attorneys available for the legal needs of the local populace. It is said that people living in legal deserts are being denied sufficient access to justice. That being said, some point out that advances in high-tech, remote online access, and the use of AI in the law will seemingly ameliorate or ostensibly overcome those concerns.

Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, AI, Law, Legal, LegalTech, Attorneys, Lawyers, Legal Reasoning

JEL Classification: K10, K20, K30, K40

Suggested Citation

Eliot, Lance, Legal Deserts and the Impacts of AI in the Law (November 29, 2021). Available at SSRN: or

Lance Eliot (Contact Author)

Stanford Center for Legal Informatics ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

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