Why AI ​​will not replace (all) lawyers

In the tech scene, more and more often we hear about the innovations that artificial intelligence can bring. As part of this discourse, it is often said that many professions will be replaced by computers. In this context, lawyers are deemed to be amongst the most obvious ones.

But is it really so?

Let's start first from a certain fact. If today this question arises, the issue is certainly problematic. We must therefore understand to what degree it may be regarded as properly framed.

The main argument of the supporters of this prediction is that lawyers’ job - i.e. assisting their clients -, can be carried out merely by analyzing laws and the relevant case law. Since such operation is perceived to be based (only) on predetermined rules, tech experts reach the conclusion that a computer can be trained to carry it out autonomously.

Undoubtedly, there are some lawyers whose only job is the one described above. It is however obvious for those who exercise the legal profession, that things are usually somewhat more complicated than that. Lawyers practicing the profession know that preparing for a case and properly assisting a client require more complex activities.

After all, if it were that simple, anyone could be a successful lawyer. On the contrary, the mental operations that lawyers have to perform every day are far more complex and diversified, and they all involve a series of unwritten rules and opportunities.

This obviously does not mean that these functions may not one day be replaced by a “thinking machine”. One able to make informed and rational decisions, balancing everything that’s involved in a case: the emotions, the surrounding world, the social implications. But when that day will arrive, then professionals will certainly not be the only ones having to fear for their jobs. At that point, no human being will be irreplaceable, not even the developers themselves.

In the meantime, at Enoron, we firmly believe that lawyers - those adding real value for their clients - must be supported by advanced tools powered by AI, to make their job easier and more effective. So that AI is not developed to replace humans, but rather becomes a tool to help them out.

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