Artificial Intelligence in business is still a fantasy for many of us. For some, Artificial Intelligence frees humans from dull tasks; for others, it would alienate us and destroy jobs. But what few of us know is that AI and Machine Learning are already very present in our companies, and that we use them every day!
NLP (Natural Language Processing) is one of the most prolific fields of application of AI. It is the branch of Artificial Intelligence which involves understanding and processing human language.
Its uses in business are very numerous: NLP offers a wealth of opportunities to increase productivity, reliability, and make better decisions.
Having explored the use cases of NLP in Marketing and Customer Relations, and then in the HR sector, we now turn to the applications of language processing for Legal professionals.
Indeed, if there is a professional field where textual data is numerous and very important, it is the Legal industry! Legal texts, contracts, case law… all the key data is written in Natural Language, and the devil is in the details. Let’s see how AI can save Legal professionals a huge amount of time.
1- Legal watch and Case Law research
Semantic Analysis helps legal professionals save time and manage ongoing legal information without spending nights there.
Law is a particularly favorable subject for the implementation of an analysis and semantic search engine because, as on the Web, the texts of laws and court decisions are based on a close mesh of links and references.
However, unlike the pages indexed by Google, these links are not clickable, explicit links that can be easily used in the HTML code of a web page: they are quotes, references, data incorporated into the body of the texts of law or in court decisions, and written in natural language. The development of a relevant search engine depends not only on identifying the links between legal texts and decisions, but also on understanding the context by the machine.
Concrete case: Doctrine or NLP to save Lawyers’ time
Doctrine, the legal search engine, has established itself in a few months as a benchmark in this universe. In the same way that Google’s algorithms understand the underlying links between different information, those of the French startup help lawyers and jurists to understand the texts of laws and court decisions in order to be able to index them in a relevant way.