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.