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ChatGPT and Generative AI Legal Research Guide


Alexsei is a legal technology company that focuses on legal research. It employs a combination of research lawyers and various large language models, which are essentially artificial intelligence systems. These tools work together to create research memos for users, taking into account factors such as the specific research question, case details, and applicable legal jurisdiction. As part of its technology stack, Alexsei has recently incorporated ChatGPT.

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Casetext CoCounsel

Casetext's CoCounsel, which utilizes GPT-4 technology, is touted as the world's first reliable legal assistant for attorneys. In contrast to ChatGPT, CoCounsel was explicitly designed and optimized for legal applications. Casetext assembled a specialized team of AI engineers and experienced attorneys to develop the tool utilizing GPT-4 technology. They conducted rigorous testing of the tool's output on over 30,000 legal questions for roughly 4,000 hours to fine-tune its capabilities.

The tool offers seven essential skills to streamline a range of legal tasks

  • Searching databases
  • Reviewing documents
  • Summarizing key information
  • Ensuring contract policy compliance
  • Extracting crucial data from contracts
  • Drafting legal research memos
  • Preparing for depositions

CoCounsel has already been adopted by Fisher Phillips and DLA Piper , and there is currently a waiting list to access a free trial of the tool.

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ContractPodAI Leah

Contract lifecycle management provider ContractPodAi has launched Leah, a new legal assistant which incorporates OpenAI's ChatGPT technology.

Leah includes the following capabilities:

  • Leah One Drop: Enables contract record creation via drag-and-drop or single upload; Leah automatically detects and analyzes contract files, generating records without manual input.
  • Leah Insights: Offers visual insights for vendors and customers, using predictive analytics to expedite negotiations; leverages historical data from customer and supplier interactions and displays it on a previously negotiated contracts dashboard.
  • Leah Assist: Facilitates contract review, redlining, and negotiation using historical data analytics, precedents, and playbooks to guide customers.
  • Ask Leah: Streamlines contract information search with real-time queries, providing intelligent prompts and guidance; users can simply "Ask Leah" instead of reading the entire contract.

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Harvey AI

Harvey AI, an artificial intelligence startup backed by an OpenAI-managed investment fund, has collaborated with one of the world's largest law firms to automate legal document review and contract analysis tasks using GPT technology. The company develops customized LLMs (Legal Language Models) for elite law firms to address complex legal challenges across various practice areas, jurisdictions, and legal systems worldwide.

The company claims its products are "generative A.I. for elite law firms." Allen & Overy, a global law firm, became the first significant legal enterprise to collaborate with Harvey, and recently PricewaterhouseCoopers has also joined as a partner.

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Helm360 Termi

According to Helm360’s website, Termi is a chatbot solution which incorporates ChatGPT-3.5 technology that helps attorneys attract and onboard more clients, deliver their services, and get ahead of their paperwork more quickly and easily than ever before.

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Ironclad AI Assist

Ironclad AI Assist is a tool that uses ChatGPT-3.5 generative AI technology to help users review and edit contracts. It can automatically identify unapproved clauses and redline improper language, and it can also generate redline options based on a user's prompt. AI Assist is still in beta, but it has the potential to save users a significant amount of time and effort in contract review.

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LawDroid Copilot

According to its website, LawDroid Copilot is a virtual legal assistant that uses the advanced natural language processing capabilities of GPT-3.5 to assist lawyers with a wide range of tasks. With its ability to understand and generate human-like language, LawDroid Copilot can help lawyers research legal issues, draft emails and letters, summarize documents, generate blog ideas, and even engage in conversational chat. This technology can help lawyers save time, increase efficiency, and provide better service to their clients.

Law students can register for free access.

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New GPT-Based Chat App from LawDroid Is A Lawyer’s ‘Copilot’ for Research, Drafting, Brainstorming and More, LawSites, January 25, 2023

Lexion AI Contract Assist

Lexion has recently integrated AI Contract Assist into its Word plugin, providing lawyers with a powerful tool for drafting, negotiating, and summarizing contract terms.

According to the website, Lexion’s AI Contract Assist can automatically:

  1. Generate clause language with a description of the desired clause. This saves time, creating an initial draft that can be further refined as needed.
  2. Insert clauses from a playbook or prior contracts. Utilizing previously approved language makes it easy to reference negotiated approaches.
  3. Produce suggested redlines by simply selecting a clause and describing the new stance that it should take.
  4. Summarize clause language. Utilizing previously approved language makes it easy to reference negotiated approaches.

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Disco Cecilia

DISCO, an Ediscovery company, is developing Cecilia, a specialized tool designed to allow attorneys to ask questions and receive answers with specific citations to supporting evidence found within large, confidential DISCO Ediscovery databases. Unlike chatbots that rely solely on public information or internet sources, DISCO Cecilia is engineered to reference evidence from the user's confidential documents stored in DISCO Ediscovery. These private DISCO Ediscovery databases can hold millions or even tens of millions of documents. According to the company's website, it will be commercially available in 2023.

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