Can technology take over the legal profession?

Then the pandemic introduced online filing of motion records, default judgment records, affidavits of service, and any other document that needed issuance. Court hearings can also now take place virtually, which saves lawyers, time, and clients, money.

Vasdani uses the law-practice-management software Clio, Kira Systems’ machine learning document and contract analysis tool, and Relativity for documentary discovery. She says that these tools have made her practice more efficient and allowed her to get through files more quickly.

Clients can now meet with her, commission affidavits, and sign retainer agreements, all virtually. “That has put a lot of power in the hands of the clients in terms of establishing better communication with their lawyer and making their lawyer more accessible – as well as, once again, saving time and money… Clients are benefiting greatly from some of these advances.”

Vasdani attended law school from 2013 to 2016. They were doing Boolean searches in legal databases for legal research at that time. Now she uses the AI legal research tool Alexsei, where she inputs a legal question and a couple of facts. The software then produces a legal research memorandum within 24 hours, “with no page limit, and fully cited,” she says.

“Clients, previously, would spend an obscene amount of money on lawyers researching legal research topics. Now, when you’re dealing with a memo that’s been generated using artificial intelligence software, you’re looking at about $200, which is, typically, an hour of the law student’s time.”