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LexisNexis Rolls Out Free Access To Lexis+ AI For Law Students

January 12, 2024 (3 min read)
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By Carolyn Bach | Sr. Manager, Faculty and Knowledge & Research Program 

A recent survey of law school librarians and legal technology professors found that 78% of law school faculty have plans to teach students about generative AI tools this spring. Help is on the way. 

LexisNexis stirred some excitement on law school campuses this holiday season with the news that we will be expanding free access to our transformative legal generative AI solution this year for students at American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law schools. 

“This is a big development,” said Daniel W. Lina Jr., a senior lecturer and the director of law technology initiatives at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, in an interview with ABA Journal. “Law firms are using these tools, experimenting with them for a while, and students need to start learning how to use them.” 

Lexis+ AI, our breakthrough generative AI platform that is transforming legal work, is built, and trained on the largest repository of accurate and exclusive legal content. That means it will provide law students with trusted, comprehensive legal results that are backed by verifiable and citable authority. 

Last fall, Lexis+ AI was provided to faculty and select students at leading law schools to test its applications in the law school environment. Feedback from the testing was incorporated into the product that is being rolled out to all ABA-accredited law schools this academic term. 

Kristina Chamorro, an instructional and educational technology librarian at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law who was involved with the fall pilot program, told ABA Journal that the platform has "exciting potential." 

Students who tested the product share the enthusiasm: “Amazing product. Love that it’s confidential and the drafting component of it is surprisingly very articulate and requires little editing to get to a final product,” said Andie Sims, a 2L student at Wake Forest University School of Law. 

LexisNexis has pioneered the use of AI for legal research, analysis, and the presentation of results, with a focus on how these tools can enable legal professionals to achieve better outcomes and advance the rule of law. Our new legal generative AI platform takes these capabilities to the next level. 

“Lexis+ AI uses large language models to answer legal research questions, summarize legal issues and generate legal document drafts,” writes legal industry blogger Bob Ambrogi in LawSites

Lexis+ AI pairs our unsurpassed legal content with breakthrough generative AI technology in a way that could redefine the way that legal research is conducted, and legal work product is created. Its answers are grounded in the world’s largest repository of legal content from LexisNexis with industry-leading data security and privacy. 

Our expanded collaboration with ABA-accredited law schools will ensure that law students are embracing responsible legal generative AI tools. 

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with valued customers to introduce our effective, accurate and secure generative AI tools into the law school curriculum,” said Sean Fitzpatrick, CEO of LexisNexis North America, UK and Ireland, in a LexisNexis press release. “It’s a win-win that helps the next generation of lawyers prepare to practice by honing their skills using Lexis+ AI. At the same time, law school faculty and student feedback are critically important to the continued development of the solution.” 

 Law firms have indicated they expect their summer and fall associates to be well-versed on the most advanced legal research tools, including generative AI. The LexisNexis team will be working closely with faculty during the spring semester to ensure students and graduates are ready to add value with Lexis+ AI next summer. 

“Legal education will grapple with teaching prospective lawyers how to best prompt AI for years to come,” reported Above The Law. “They’re getting a head start with Lexis right now.” 

For more information on law school faculty resources for Lexis+ AI — including training webinars, videos, PDFs and teaching tools — visit the LexisNexis for Law Schools resources page. 

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