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AI in the Legal Field: Introduction to ChatGPT


This guide provides an introduction to AI in the legal field, and has resources discussing how it can be used in law school and in the practice of law.

The technologies involved are changing rapidly. We will try to update this guide on a weekly basis to reflect new developments. If you have any questions please email the law library at

Try ChatGPT

Try ChatGPT here.

You will need to make an account, and you might need to join a waitlist.

OpenAI recently introduced ChatGPT Plus, a subscription service which costs $20/month. It gives general access to ChatGPT without a waitlist, and access to new features.'s Artificial Intelligence Glossary

This Artificial Intelligence Glossary was published on on March 14, 2023 and provides a "guide to the key terms you need to know and understand when discussing AI."

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What is ChatGPT?



Chat GPT in its Own Words


ChatGPT's response to the prompt "tell me about ChatGPT in 100 words or fewer", March 1, 2023.

How to Use ChatGPT

Issues with ChatGPT

These are some of the issues to think about when choosing how to use ChatGPT in class:

Academic integrity. It is good to be explicit about when and how use of ChatGPT is appropriate in a class, and how students should indicate use of ChatGPT in an assignment.

Privacy: OpenAI trained ChatGPT on information scraped from the internet, without asking consent of the people whose work they used. A link to OpenAI's privacy policy is here. When you interact with ChatGPT, OpenAI collects information including data includes a user's Internet Protocol address, browser type and settings, the date and time of your request, and how users interacted with the site. ChatGPT might also violate data privacy laws.

Algorithmic bias leads AIs to generate racist and sexist language, even propose discriminatory policies. ChatGPT can generate discriminatory language. This article, from TechRepublic, discusses proposals to reduce algorithmic bias.

Human Rights: Open AI relied on workers in Kenya to train ChatGPT to filter problematic content. The workers, who were paid $2/hour, needed to review violent images and text.

Consent - Requiring students to use ChatGPT would also require that they consent to ChatGPT's privacy policy. Students should not feel pressured.

Confidentiality: People could enter confidential information into ChatGPT. This article from Bloomberg discusses confidentiality alongside other concerns about using ChatGPT in a business setting.

Equity - OpenAI introduced ChatGPT Plus, where subscribers can get faster access and newer features for $20/month. Currently, GPT4 is only available for GPT Plus subscribers.

Copyright - Large language model AIs often pull information from the internet, including copyrighted sources, which could be copyright infringement. Also, how should the product of ChatGPT be copyrighted or attributed? The Copyright Office now has a webpage to post updates on copyright law and policy issues related to AI.