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ABA's artificial intelligence task force releases law school survey

ABA's artificial intelligence task force releases law school survey
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The American Bar Association's artificial intelligence task force has conducted a survey of 29 law schools and found that more than half of them are integrating AI technology into their curriculums. The survey also revealed that 83% of the law schools have clinics and other opportunities for students to learn about AI. Many schools are collaborating with other departments, such as engineering and computer science. The classes on AI vary between schools, covering topics such as Big Tech, the First Amendment, specific AI tools, and the legal and societal implications of the technology. The survey also found that 85% of law schools are considering changing their curriculum to include more AI. However, there is still uncertainty about how to apply and monitor AI in law schools, particularly in the admissions process. For example, while the majority of law schools wouldn't be pleased if prospective students utilized AI during their application process, 62% admit that they don't know how to approach this specific issue. At Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, students are not allowed to use generative AI to help with creating content submitted to professors, but instructors may allow AI if they deem it to be appropriate. The survey also highlighted the importance of young lawyers being comfortable with using AI, as it is becoming increasingly important to the practice of law.