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Lawyer jobs in decline because of AI, says Stanford Uni lecturer

By Neasa MacErlean

21 August 2015 at 00:00 BST

Lawyer jobs are vulnerable to the progress of artificial intelligence, according to the author of new title 'Humans need not apply'. Jerry Kaplan is a lecturer on the legal informatics course at Stanford University.

Far from saying that the jobs made redundant by robots will be those of manual workers, Mr Kaplan gives the legal sector as a prime example. He writes: 'An increasing number of start-ups are bypassing restraints on how and by whom law can be practised by offering automated legal advice . . . they may employ a small staff of attorneys to ‘review’ documents before they are released to clients.'

Social turmoil

Job losses among lawyers and other groups will be a major issue of the growth of robotics, says the entrepreneur. According to Amazon, he 'proposes...social policies to avoid an extended period of social turmoil'. His book was published this week. Sources: Financial Times and Amazon


The effects of AI on employment and employment law is one of the main subjects of the Robotics Law Journal, which has recently been launched. If you would like free access to a copy of the first issue, please email the editor at: neasamacerlean@globalcitymedia.com


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