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Temple Law Review,Vol. 97, Forthcoming

George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 24-14

47 Pages Posted: 24 May 2024

Date Written: May 24, 2024

Abstract

Legal scholars have made important explorations into the opportunities and challenges of generative artificial intelligence within legal education and the practice of law. This Article adds to this literature by directly addressing members of the legal academy. As a collective, law professors, who are responsible for cultivating the knowledge and skills of the next generation of lawyers, are seemingly adopting a laissez faire posture towards the advent of generative artificial intelligence. In stark contrast to law practitioners, law professors generally have displayed a lack of urgency in responding to the repercussions of this emerging technology.

This Article contends that all law professors have an inescapable duty to understand generative artificial intelligence. This obligation stems from the pivotal role faculty play on three distinct but interconnected dimensions: pedagogy, scholarship, and governance. No law faculty are exempt from this mandate. All are entrusted with responsibilities that intersect with at least one, if not all three dimensions, whether they are teaching, research, clinical, or administrative faculty. It is also not dependent on whether professors are inclined, or disinclined, to integrate artificial intelligence into their own courses or scholarship. The urgency of the mandate derives from the critical and complex role law professors have in the development of lawyers and architecture of the legal field.

Keywords: generative artificial intelligence, artificial intelligence, AI, legal education, legal tech, emerging tech, law faculty, law school

JEL Classification: K1, K10, K3, K30, K29, K39

Suggested Citation

Perkins, Rachelle Holmes, AI Now (May 24, 2024). Temple Law Review,Vol. 97, Forthcoming, George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 24-14, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4840481 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4840481

Rachelle Holmes Perkins (Contact Author)

George Mason University School of Law ( email )

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