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I’m 14-years-old and I’m worried about robots stealing lawyer jobs

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Will all the positions be gone by the time I qualify?

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In the latest instalment in our Career Conundrums series, one young aspiring lawyer ponders the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on his chosen career.

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I am 14 and ever since I was young I have wanted to be a lawyer. It suits all of my skills and everything that I am good at. But I wanted to ask if there is any point me becoming a lawyer with the rise of AI? By the time I qualify will all the jobs be gone?

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31 Comments

Anonymous

Thank You So Much For Posting my question

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Anonymous

Thank you for not learning how to use capital letters.

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Anonymous

*snide and pointless posting alert*

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Anonymous

Welcome to Legal Cheek. This site wouldn’t exist without them.

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Anonymous

Flee corporate law, son. Run and don’t look back. You would be signing up to a lifetime working with tedious and greedy misfits. Replacing these fools with robots would be a good thing.

Also avoid PI.

There’s worthwhile law to do in other sectors. Good luck!

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Anonymous

yes

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Anonymous

No of course they won’t be – think about who has to make the regulation around AI for instance? If you’re 14 and you know you want to be a lawyer, you’re in a brilliant position. Most 14 year olds have no clue what they would like to do.

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Anonymous

It’s very depressing to hear that someone has fixated on a career in law at the age of merely 14.

Why ? For the money ? Largely a myth ! For the glamour ? Oh please…

Why not become an engineer or something ? Far more ultimate use to society !

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Anonymous

No I have not fixated my career on law, I have other options like dentistry or business or medicine, but it is just that law has actually always been what I wanted to do

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Anonymous

You should know that nobody really knows what law is like to study until you do study it. It can be fascinating but it can also be remarkably, bang-your-head-repeatedly-against-the wall dry to the point of distraction. Fair warning kiddo !

To the person making the comment about engineers and CEOs – fatuous in the extreme…

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Anonymous

PS For God’s sake business. Please !!! Promise us now !

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Anonymous

(annoying that there is no edit)
PS For God’s sake don’t do Business ! Please ! Promise us now !!

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Anonymous

Ha ! Someone is downticking me.

MBA ? Whaaaat a waste of moneyyyyyyy….

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Anonymous

How about the urge to help someone?

Now don’t tell me engineers don’t have money dreams as well…

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Anonymous

Exactly, from what I read, the most common undergraduate degree for large coporations’ CEOs was engineering so ….

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Anonymous

cut the kid some slack mate.

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Anonymous

14 year olds browse legal cheek?? Get out while you can kids, nothing but cancer and AIDS here.

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Anonymous

About as much chance of a 14 year old having actually asked this question, as last week’s “Can you start a training contract without having completed the LPC?” question.

Please stop with this rubbish LC.

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14 year old

Excuse me but I am 14 years old

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Anonymous

Just when you thought these couldn’t get any more fake. I doff my cap to you Alex, you really managed to top yourself this time. What gave you away though is that only LC are on about AI in law non stop, so you clearly want to keep beating this drum.

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Anonymous

‘Ever since I was young’

Mate…

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12 yo Head Boy LC

14 yo is too old for this site big boy.
Try the Law Society Gazette or the Counsel Magazine.
Or specialist AI sites.
I don’t think you have anything to worry about AI.

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Anonymous

We’re not even going to have 14 year olds in the future as we are replacing them with AI so be afraid, be very afraid.

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6 yo LC follower

I am very happy with LC. They post interesting articles which are easily understandable by 6 -12 yo trans gender, gay , various colours and other stuff which I have never heard of

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Nihilistic robot

Robots are eventually going to replace every profession in the world. There’s no point trying. There’s no point in existing.

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Base Zero Slaughters NQ

I was more interested in making out with a girl rather than the impact of automation on the legal profession when I was 14…

Neither of these two happened by the time I qualified 🙁

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Richard @ Artficial Lawyer

Hi, a great question and given the hype around AI it is no surprise this is on your mind.
But, do not worry if your intention is to become a lawyer, as opposed to a paralegal.

If you have a look at my site about AI and the law, ‘Artificial Lawyer’, you’ll see that even though some of the applications are quite advanced, the work they are replacing is the ‘process work’ or ‘process cognitive tasks’, e.g. proof reading dozens of similar documents. Or, they are doing things that lawyers don’t do now in any case, such as statistical analysis of huge legal data sets to make predictions on how a case might go.
I.e. AI is replacing work that no lawyer wants to do now anyway, or doing things that lawyers cannot or don’t do already.

In short, the real work of being a lawyer, i.e. serving a client, listening to their problems, understanding the broader legal issues and basically being personally responsible for helping someone solve a complex problem, are not going away.

When you talk to people actually working in legal AI, especially those who used to be lawyers who are now running AI companies and who are working closely with law firms, they’ll tell you that AI is there to help lawyers, not replace them.

So, go ahead and become a lawyer.

The only caveat is: do all you can not to get stuck at the paralegal level, as this is an area that may indeed face significant job reduction in the years ahead. But then, paralegals are not giving legal advice and are there to do the ‘process work’.
Hope that helps.
Richard at Artificiallawyer.com

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Anonymous

The reality is that many junior lawyer jobs feature a high proportion of paralegal level tasks.

Another reality is that successfully embedding tech is more difficult than tech evangelists like the guy above are prepared to admit.

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Richard @ Artificiallawyer.com

To Anonymous 1.45PM. (And indirectly to the original question).

– Of course there are non-advisory types of work carried out by junior associates and probably always will be, that’s not the point. The point is that associates generally get to advance into advisory work. What is at risk in the future are jobs that are primarily stuck at legal process level. Law firm business models will have to adapt to this. (And, after all this is a question about the future, not what’s happening today.)
– Not sure if you’ve had a chance to make use of an AI system at work, e.g. NLP-driven doc review, but firms all over the world are using them without any great challenges. There are also many other types of legal AI application and their use is also spreading. There are indeed some barriers to using AI systems (though these tend to be about economics rather than technical integration), but most firms that use AI systems seem to adapt very well to it. In some cases they even are simply ‘plug and play’. In others there are more complex technical challenges related to machine learning and that can take time to get used to. But this is not stopping AI adoption either. Moreover, this is just the start of the learning curve for law firms.

Any way, my advice to any young person in general is don’t get put off by negativity – which there is always plenty of out there. Seek to build the future you want and pick from what is available to plot your own path. The legal world will keep evolving and there will still be one when you are in your 20s. The ‘end of lawyers’ meme is a myth that you’ll find most legal AI experts do not believe in for a minute. Ironically many of people pushing the ‘end of lawyers’ idea, (or that all lawyers will need to learn to code to do their jobs in the future), tend not be people with any experience of AI systems.

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Mohamed Aboshanab

AI will help to develop the legal profession to the next level, in 5-10 years from now many law firms and lawyers will have to innovate otherwise they will be replaced by AI, my advcie to you to mix the new technologies with the legal knowledge to success in the future.

Lawyers will always be needed even to correct for AI and Bots.

Mohamed Aboshanab
Entrepreneur Lawyer

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Lifeandlaws

I studied the law because I loved the law. I became a lawyer without regard for compensation because it was my passion. My love and my passion are critical components of my identity. I would practice law even if I was guaranteed only to have myself as a client. I am fulfilled because I can make myself available to those with the need to understand what I so completely embody. I don’t think I ever had the option of not becoming an attorney.

You see you are asking for a practical answer, i.e., “will I be able to make a living?” With the hope that you can reconcile it to your higher calling. However, if you hope to have peace and balance in your life do not make your calling in life contingent upon money. To do so will only make you feel unfulfilled and lost.

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