How a Law School Is Preparing Its Students to Compete Against AI

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When we think of the jobs most likely to be automated, we typically think of work in manufacturing or food service. But lawyers' jobs may be vulnerable, too, and a law school in Canada is preparing its students to embrace the change.

This isn't the distant future—it's already happening. Loom Analytics, a Canadian startup, plans use artificial intelligence to build a system that would automate the time-consuming task of legal research. At the moment, a team of lawyers is manually sifting through the data, but the startup is in the process of building algorithms to conduct that same day-to-day analysis. The company hopes to be a one-stop shop for open data from the courts, allowing consumers to have access to hard numbers on case law such as win/loss rates, a judge's ruling history, litigation trends and more.

The ultimate goal is to "have an interactive system that answers users' questions with hard data," said co-founder Mona Datt in an interview.

Lorne Sossin, Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School at Toronto's York University, is preparing his students to face competition from services like these in the future.