Chat GPT Link Roundup

This link roundup is by LIT-SIS Blog Committee member Shay Elbaum, Reference Librarian at the University of Michigan Law Library. 

The AI-powered chatbot ChatGPT was released at the end of November and has generated thousands of hot takes, some of which it wrote itself. To help you get up to speed on ChatGPT and its potential impacts on the legal world, we’ve gathered some recent articles and podcasts below. ChatGPT did not write any part of this post, but that’s only because it was at capacity and not available for use while I was drafting the post. 

(Note: we’ve focused on ChatGPT and its underlying language model GPT-3.5 here, so haven’t included material on AI and copyright and DoNotPay’s $1 million offer to get its AI lawyer in front of the Supreme Court.)

Overviews

What’s going on with ChatGPT and why should someone in the legal profession care? This section has some great overviews of the software, why it’s different from its predecessors, and how it could change the legal landscape. 

Law Librarianship & Legal Research

Dear readers, I was surprised not to find more for this category. If I’ve missed something – or if you’d like to write something for this blog – please reach out.

Legal Education

There’s been a lot of talk about ChatGPT and education, especially about students’ use of ChatGPT and similar tools on assignments (see: Inside Higher Ed, New York Times). I found less that was focused on legal academia.

GPT Takes the Bar Exam

GPT-3.5, the technology underlying the ChatGPT chatbot, didn’t pass the MBE. But it did nearly as well as human test-takers in Evidence, Torts, and Civil Procedure, and reached the average passing score in Evidence and Torts. See the study and some commentary below. 

Legal Practice

This section has some writing on ChatGPT and specific practice areas – family law, patent law, contract drafting – plus some general discussion of its potential impact on the practice of law. 

Legal Marketing

If you develop material for your organization’s website, these articles (and a podcast) have some great practical tips. For instance, I learned that Google considers AI-created content spam, which could negatively impact your SEO. 

Assistant Director, Research and Instruction, at Boley Law Library, Lewis and Clark Law School, in Portland, Oregon.

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