Ventures like Blue J Legal (Next Founders, 2016) are creating software that can perform certain specific tasks far better than humans, but it still has a long way to go before it can replace humans.
Toronto-based Blue J Legal sells AI-powered software that analyzes case law to help lawyers predict the likely outcome of lawsuits, which founder Benjamin Alarie hopes will make the court system more efficient and improve access to justice.
“It gives both sides more confidence in the potential range of settlements,” he said. “And that’s great for clients. It’s also good for lawyers. Those cases can be resolved more quickly and more confidently by counsel.”
Analyzing case law is a job usually reserved for junior lawyers, but Alarie said clients that use his software don’t find they need fewer attorneys.