The Truth(s) About AI and Legal Education: A Discourse Analysis of the Conflicting Narratives Regarding the Implications of Generative AI for the Teaching of Law

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In the early months of 2023, numerous articles have been published about the current and potential influence of generative artificial intelligence (Gen AI) on higher education, particularly legal education. These perspectives have varied from pessimistic and alarmist to ambivalent and nonchalant, to excessively optimistic and even utopian. This diversity of viewpoints has made it challenging for many observers to develop their own opinion on the probable impact of Gen AI. This article aims to make sense of these contrasting narratives not by striving to settle on a single truth about Gen AI and legal education but by placing them within the pluralistic framework of discourse analysis. This framework identifies both the emerging dominant and marginalized or neglected discourses, and tentatively predicts how these discourses might evolve in the coming months.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2023
Event2023 Australasian Law Academics Association (ALAA) Conference - University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 6 Jul 20238 Jul 2023
https://www.alaa.asn.au/conference-2023

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Conference2023 Australasian Law Academics Association (ALAA) Conference
Abbreviated titleALAA
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityChristchurch
Period6/07/238/07/23
OtherWhile the traditional narrative positioned the legislature, and to a lesser extent the courts, as the main sources of law, it has long been known that the sources of and influences on law are far more varied. In recent times, more recognition has been given to sources such as indigenous laws and customs, social and cultural factors, and the economy, all of which actively or passively impact the creation of laws and the structure of our legal systems.

This ALAA conference celebrates the variety of legal sources and influences and poses the questions of how this legal pluralism will shape legal scholarship, systems, and teaching over the next decade
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