Special Issue of the Artificial Intelligence and Law journal on "Applications and Evaluation of Large Language Models in the Legal Domain”

Call For Papers

Deadline extended from February 29th to March 15th, 2024

Large Language Models (LLMs), including both proprietary and open-source, are presently being applied in many diverse domains, including finance, healthcare, the soft sciences, engineering, and education. In the legal domain, LLMs are increasingly being used by researchers for many diverse tasks and, despite cautions issued by the U.S. Federal judiciary and guidelines established by the European Bar Association, legal practitioners are starting to rely upon them as well. GPT-3, for instance, has been applied for statutory reasoning on U.S. statutes. GPT-4 has been shown to be able to pass the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), at times surpassing human performance. LLMs have also been leveraged for tasks such as sentence-level annotation of legal text, investigating digital evidence, contract drafting, as well as others. In contrast to these positive developments, there are potential risks that can arise from the application of LLMs in the legal domain. Generative AI models including LLMs have been found to hallucinate and generate inconsistent text while summarizing legal documents. Moreover, LLMs are known to exhibit various types of social biases that can be particularly harmful in the legal domain.

This special issue of the journal aims to produce a set of seminal papers that focuses on the application and impact of LLMs in the legal domain, as well as the ethical issues and risks that are potentially involved.

Important dates

Deadline for initial submission: February 29, 2024 March 15, 2024
First-round review decisions: May 15, 2024
Deadline for revision submission: July 15, 2024
Notification of final decisions: August 31, 2024
Publication of special issue (online): October 2024 (tentative)

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