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Generative AI in Legal Research, Education, and Practice

This research guide provides a brief introduction to generative AI platforms and highlights resources discussing their usefulness in legal research, education, and practice, as well as the challenges and drawbacks to their use.

Introduction to Generative AI Text Generators

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This research guide provides a brief introduction to resources discussing generative AI text generators and their potential as a useful tool for legal research, education, and practice. It also presents resources that review the limitations of generative AI text generators and the challenges they present.

What Are Generative AI Text Generators?

Generative AI text generators like ChatGPT, Bing Chat, and Google Bard are computer programs that use algorithms to analyze patterns in language to predict the next word in a sentence, allowing them to create new text that is similar in style and structure to input data. They are frequently used for language translation, content creation, and chatbots.

Generative AI text generators—also know as large language models (LLMs)—have become a topic of particular interest in the legal field following the launch of ChatGPT 3.5 to the public in November 2022. ChatGPT became the fastest-growing consumer application in history, reaching 100 million monthly active users in just two months (Reuters). Since its launch, a number of products aimed at legal research and practice have been announced, and commentators have highlighted a slew of potential benefits and pitfalls to the uses of AI text generators.

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