Robots make better baby lawyers?

Law schools are abuzz with discussions about the opportunities new technologies are offering. If law reflects society, technology will (and should) change the law and how lawyers practise it. But it’s also gradually nibbling away the simpler tasks on which new lawyers cut their teeth. Will robots make better baby lawyers? What types of jobs will law school have to prepare its graduates for? These are questions that law school must confront – and quickly – if it’s going to stay relevant. Technology and legal practice There is a lot of information in Australia and overseas about new technology being used in legal practice. In 2017, the New South Wales Law Society published its Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLiP) report. The report extensively catalogued the changes underway in legal practice in Australia, and the pressures driving them. At the same time, Vicki Waye, Martie-Louise Verreynne and Jane Knowler published the results of an…