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ChatGPT and Generative AI Legal Research Guide

Sample Assignments for Legal Researching/Writing Classes

Generative AI Prompting Instructions and AI System Comparison Exercise, Sarah Gotschall (LibGuide author)

The exercise involves formulating effective legal research prompts and comparing their effectiveness across different AI systems.

Institute for Law Teaching and Learning ChatGPT Exercise in the LRW Class, Sandra Simpson, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning

The assignment examines ChatGPT's capability to assist in legal tasks such as drafting memos, summarizing cases, evaluating its accuracy and structure, and exploring ethical implications of using AI in legal practice.

Please Write a Blog Post About Your Generative AI legal Research/Writing Assignments!, Sarah Gotschall, RIPS Law Librarian Blog, August 1, 2023

The blog post links to an administrative law research class exercise that incorporates generative AI tools like ChatGPT and Bing Chatbot. The students first research a pattern using Westlaw, and then the following week compare their findings with answers generated by ChatGPT and Bing Chatbot. Then, students experiment with the AI systems on topics that interest themselves before reflecting on their opinions about the technology.

Exploring the AI Landscape: Unveiling the Power of Generative AI and Lexis+ AI for Legal Ed. & Practice - Generative AI in the Classroom, Dyane O’Leary, Suffolk University Law School, June 27, 2023

The sample research and writing exercises involve using generative AI chatbots to answer legal questions and draft a motion.

Critically Evaluating Legal Information with ChatGPT, AALS Technology Law Summer Webinar Series, May 24, 2023

“As part of an assignment for a team-taught upper-level course on critical legal information literacy, students were asked to critique ChatGPT’s response to a legal research question by evaluating it in light of their own legal research results. The speakers will discuss the instructional scaffolding leading up to the assignment, the results of the exercise, the students’ reactions to the possibilities of ChatGPT, and ideas for future exercises in the legal research and writing classroom.”