Computers Replace Lawyers

A reader sent this article in. It’s interesting but really depressing, at least for the folks in India who took all the document review jobs. Seems computers can now do much of the document review work, and in ten years or so, they’ll be much better at it than humans. I think this is a great argument to close at least half of all the law schools. There simply won’t be enough work to go around, even if you’re willing to move to India.

Document review jobs are gone:

He estimated that the shift from manual document discovery to e-discovery would lead to a manpower reduction in which one lawyer would suffice for work that once required 500 and that the newest generation of software, which can detect duplicates and find clusters of important documents on a particular topic, could cut the head count by another 50 percent.

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