Will Computers Fill Future Careers in Law?

legal technologyAs technology advances, it has become more challenging to decipher who is actually in control – technology or its creator.

Recent studies claim computers will soon replace many careers in law in the next five to ten years. That’s apparently the popular opinion of leadership in law firms these days.

According to a 2015 survey completed by Altman Weil, INC., many law firm leaders believe that IBM Watson-like computers may soon replace several of their colleagues.

The results of this survey were startling. 47% of respondents believed that paralegals would be replaced by computers; 35% also thought the same of first year associates, and 19.2% of second and third year associates.

These findings bring about many interesting questions.

Will robots and other forms of technology be able to fill the shoes of those currently thriving in their careers in law? Can a machine portray the empathy and understanding needed to relate to clients? Only time will tell.

Do you think computers are cut out for the job? Let us know what you think.

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Erika Kubik

Erika Kubik

Former Communications Specialist at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Erika is the former Communications Specialist for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She successfully developed strategies to increase 2Civility’s social presence across channels. As a recent graduate of Bradley University, Erika received her Bachelor of Arts studying Public Relations and Social Media Marketing where her passion for writing and brand development took flight. Outside of the office, Erika works to develop her own personal brand as she takes on Chicago for the first time having grown up just outside of the Greater St. Louis area. Though she may not be accustomed to the deep dish pizza as a Celiac, she has found the Windy City to be quite accommodating to her active lifestyle as a runner and fitness fanatic.
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