In this post, you will learn about the benefits of Chat GPT for law students, as well as things that Chat GPT can do to make your life easier at law school or any legal studies.
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Chat GPT can be your cheat code on how to become a good law student.
WHAT IS Chat GPT?
Chat GPT is a Chat Bot developed by OpenAI Company that is specifically designed to generate human-like text after learning patterns and nuances of the human language, allowing it to perform various language-based tasks such as creating documents and conversing like a human.
DID Chat GPT PASS THE BAR EXAM?
Yes, Chat GPT can and did pass a law/bar exam given by the Minnesota University Law School, earning a C+ on the same test given to law students, which consisted of 95 multiple-choice questions and 12 essay-type questions.
HOW TO OPERATE Chat GPT
Visit OpenAI’s Chat GPT where you will be directed to the login or registration page where you can easily register through your Google account.
After registering and logging in, click on the New Chat button and command Chat GPT to do whatever you wish.
You can access it through their free plan, or upgrade to their beta plan which costs 20 USD a month.
Ways Law Students Can Use Chat GPT
We asked Chat GPT what were the 5 ways law students can use Chat GPT, and it came up with the following;
- Summarizing and analyzing legal cases and statutes.
- Researching and citing relevant legal authorities.
- Providing explanations of legal concepts and terminology.
- Assisting with legal writing and editing.
- Helping to prepare for exams by providing practice questions and answers.
We tasked Chat GPT on each of those above as follows.
1. CHAT GPT CAN HELP LAW STUDENTS WITH SUMMARIZING AND ANALYZING LEGAL CASES & STATUTES.
You can use Chat GPT to get a summary and analysis of case laws and provisions of various laws and statutes easier and quicker.
See below how Chat GPT summarized and analyzed ROE versus WADE in IRAC Mode and it did perfectly, you can do this too.
2. CHAT GPT CAN HELP LAW STUDENTS IN RESEARCHING AND CITING RELEVANT LEGAL AUTHORITIES.
Chat GPT is able to suggest relevant case laws and laws related to a topic at hand.
That extends to providing lists of relevant secondary sources such as law articles and blog posts.
Through Chat GPT law students can get a summary of different cases and statutes relevant to the topic or question provided.
As seen below.
3. CHAT GPT CAN PROVIDE LAW STUDENTS WITH EXPLANATIONS OF LEGAL CONCEPTS AND TERMINOLOGY.
ChatGPT can provide you with explanations of legal concepts and terminology by drawing on its knowledge of legal principles and terminology immediately as possible.
You can ask ChatGPT questions related to specific legal concepts or terminology, and it will provide you with concise and accurate explanations to help you better understand the material.
Rather than having to scroll through google search results to get an explanation that you best understand, Chat GPT will provide you with an explanation you need within seconds of command.
You may have to read more than 3 articles to find your answer, or in the worst-case scenario, you may not find it at all.
Chat GPT eliminates all of that hassle by going directly to your answer, thanks to its incredible memory, which allows it to process billions of words in seconds.
We commanded Chat GPT to explain the principle of Insurable to a 5-year-old and it responded as seen below;
4. CHAT GPT CAN ASSIST LAW STUDENTS WITH LEGAL WRITING AND EDITING.
With Chat GPT can help you write, rewrite and rephrase essays, assignments, and notes in a clear and concise manner in a tone and style which will be easily understood.
Chat GPT will also help you with grammar, spelling, punctuation, organization, and structure of your work to be neat and easier to follow.
5. CHAT GPT CAN HELP LAW STUDENTS PREPARE FOR EXAMS BY CREATING PRACTICE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.
Let’s say you are currently learning “Contract Law” and facing a test on it, Chat GPT can help you prepare practice questions on the topic and answer the same.
Through this, you will an insight as to how the questions based on the topic are likely to be.
The conundrum of how to study for law exams will not bother you anymore because, with the help of Chat GPT, you will be able to have an insight into the exams and tests.
See below how Chat GPT generated for us 3 Harvard style exam practice questions on ” Sanctity of Contract”
This will also give you guidance on how the proposed question is supposed to be tackled.
Can Chat GPT answer the law exam questions?
Yes, it can. We prompted it to answer one of the practice questions above and it did perfectly, as seen below.
CHAT GPT PROMPTS FOR LAW STUDENTS
Here you can see sample prompts for law students to use Chat GPT for different scenarios of your liking.
- Can you explain the concept of [insert legal concept/law topic]
- What is the difference between [insert legal concept] and [insert legal concept]
- What is the doctrine of [insert legal concept] and how is it applied in [insert situation]
- Create 10 practice examination questions on [insert legal concept/law topic] and answers.
- Analyze and answer this question in Harvard style, [insert law question]
- What are the main elements of [insert legal concept] and how are they proven?
IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE
Chat GPT is a tool and not a substitute for legal expertise or critical thinking.
As a result, law students should use Chat GPT with caution and in conjunction with their legal training and research skills.
CHALLENGES OF Chat GPT TO LAWYERS.
Chat GPT database can only read information up to the year 2021; meaning legal information and events from 2021 to date are missing, hence GPT can not give an accurate answer in case a law or legal situation has changed after 2021.
Chat GPT may occasionally generate incorrect information and make errors; as we know for any bot/machine there will always be an error somewhere due to various reasons.
In summary, law students can leverage the power of Chat GPT to boost their studies and research.
From generating legal writing prompts to providing real-time feedback on legal writing, Chat GPT can serve as a helpful personal research assistant for students.
If you were confused about how to study law on your own, then Chat GPT has come to your rescue.
So, why not give it a try and see how it can take your legal education to the next level?