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.)
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.
- Jenna Greene, Will ChatGPT Make Lawyers Obsolete? (Hint: Be Afraid), Reuters (Dec. 9, 2022)
- Stewart Baker, ChatGPT Successfully Imitates a Talented Sociopath with Too Many Lawyers, Cyberlaw Podcast (Dec. 13, 2022) (podcast episode; ChatGPT discussion begins around 34:20)
- Stephanie Wilkins, ChatGPT Is Impressive, But Can (and Should) It Be Used in Legal?, Law.com: Legaltech News (Dec. 15, 2022)
- Ken Crutchfield, ChatGPT – Are the Robots Finally Here?, Above the Law (Jan. 10, 2023)
- Greg Lambert & Marlene Gebauer, ChatGPT – If It Sounds Too Good To Be True…, The Geek in Review (Jan. 10, 2023) (podcast episode)
- Rhys Dipshan, GPT 101: Decoding ChatGPT’s Generative AI for Legal Professionals, Law.com: Legaltech News (Jan. 18, 2023)
- Victor Li & Andrew Perlman, Should Lawyers Embrace or Fear ChatGPT?, Legal Rebels (Jan. 18, 2023) (podcast episode)
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.
- Greg Lambert, What a Law Librarian Does with AI Tools like ChatGPT – Organize and Summarize, 3 Geeks and a Law Blog (Jan. 13, 2023)
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.
- Jeremy Telman, ChatGPT and Law School, ContractsProf Blog (Dec. 19, 2022)
- Karen Sloan, Some Law Professors Fear ChatGPT’s Rise as Others See Opportunity, Reuters (Jan. 10, 2023)
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.
- Michael James Bommarito & Daniel Martin Katz, GPT Takes the Bar Exam (Dec. 29, 2022) (unpublished manuscript)
- Ep 188: Can GPT Pass the Bar Exam? We Find Out, LawNext (Jan. 9, 2023) (podcast episode)
- Christine Charnosky, AI Chatbot ChatGPT Passes Multiple Choice Portion of MBE, Law.com: Legaltech News (Jan. 9, 2023)
- Debra Cassens Weiss, AI Program Earned Passing Bar Exam Scores on Evidence and Torts; Can It Work in Court?, ABA Journal (Jan 12, 2023)
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.
- Ken Adams, ChatGPT Won’t Fix Contracts, Adams on Contract Drafting (Dec. 9, 2022)
- Zain Kalson, The Implications of ChatGPT and Artificial Intelligence in Family Law, Family Lawyer Magazine (Dec. 14, 2022)
- Andrew Keen & Joshua Browder, How ChatGPT Empowers Consumers and Might Mean the End of (Human) Lawyers, LitHub: Keen On (Dec. 20, 2022) (video interview)
- Thomas Bacas, ANALYSIS: Will ChatGPT Bring AI to Law Firms? Not Anytime Soon., Bloomberg Law News (Dec. 28, 2022)
- Mark Sellick, Can AI Replace Patent Attorneys?, HGF (Dec. 2022)
- Stephanie Wilkins, Behind the Curtain: How Lexion Harnessed GPT-3.5 for Contracts, Law.com: Legaltech News (Jan. 11, 2023)
- UPCOMING WEBINAR: The Basics of Chat GPT AI for eDiscovery Lawyers and Technicians, January 26, 2023.
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.
- Gyi Tsakalakis & Conrad Saam, ChatGPT and Deep Fake Marketing || Congratulations, Your Law Firm is Now a Media Company, Lunch Hour Legal Marketing (Dec. 14, 2022) (podcast episode; ChatGPT content begins around 6:45)
- David Arato, ChatGPT and Legal Content Marketing, Attorney at Law Magazine (Jan. 9, 2023)
- Jason Hennessey, How Law Firms Can Leverage ChatGPT To Get More Cases, National Law Review (Jan. 17, 2023)