Artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI are reshaping the way we work, learn, and create. From automating mundane tasks to generating novel solutions, these technologies are empowering legal professionals across various industries and domains to achieve more with less.
But how do professionals perceive the impact of generative AI on the legal industry? What are the opportunities and challenges they face as they adopt these technologies? And what are the skills and strategies they need to thrive in the future of work?
To answer these questions, Thomson Reuters conducted a survey of professionals from different sectors and backgrounds, asking them about their perspectives on the current and future state of AI in their industry. We also asked them about the areas where AI has the most potential to help them meet their goals and if AI would hinder their progress in the same areas.
This article shares key findings and insights from our new report “Future of Professionals” and discusses the implications for legal professionals who want to use AI to transform their work and business.
AI as a Catalyst for Growth
Bringing together macro and organizational trends, we asked legal professionals about the areas in which AI had the most potential to help firms and departments meet their goals and if AI would hinder progress in the same areas.
Not surprisingly, the majority reported positive effects in most areas. Respondents perceive AI as a catalyst for growth.
Legal professionals in both law firms and corporations see AI as capable of enabling growth opportunities. For law firms, AI reduces friction in launching new services or expanding into new markets by freeing up time for professionals to identify and evaluate attractive markets for expansion. AI can give legal professionals in corporate departments more time to support their organizations’ strategy and growth objectives.
To take advantage of all the opportunities AI offers and to mitigate the challenges it poses, legal professionals need to adopt a strategic approach to the future of work. Recommendations we propose based on our survey findings include:
- Embrace lifelong learning and upskilling and develop a combination of technical, cognitive, and social skills that will enable you to work effectively with AI.
- Define the role and scope of AI in your work and identify which tasks could or should be automated with, augmented by, or delegated to machines and which ones require human oversight, judgment, and creativity.
- Consider the ethical, legal, and social implications of AI, and adhere to the principles of responsible and ethical AI, such as fairness, accountability, transparency, and privacy.
AI is transforming the legal profession in unprecedented ways, creating new possibilities and challenges. Our survey revealed expectations and concerns for the future of work and the areas where AI has the most potential to help or hinder their goals.
Read the full report to learn how you can prepare for the future of work with confidence and optimism.