Four Minnesota Law Professors Discuss their Globally Reported ChatGPT Experiment

When four #MinnesotaLaw professors released a groundbreaking white paper, "ChatGPT Goes to Law School," last month, it ignited a global conversation about the role of artificial intelligence in education and professional life.

Professors Jonathan H. Choi, Kristin Hickman, Amy Monahan, and Daniel Schwarcz discussed their research project, including what the the findings really mean, and the possible future implications of AI on legal education, and the day-to-day work of lawyers.

“If we open up people’s time by using these A.I. tools, it’s possible that being a lawyer will become more fun, and that demand for overall legal services — human legal services — could actually increase," says Choi.

Monahan observes, "We should as a law school think through how practicing lawyers are likely to use this technology and that should inform how we incorporate it into our curriculum.”

Hickman says she thinks of ChatGPT "as just the latest in a series of tools that have become available to students over time that have required educators to adjust how they teach.”

According to Schwarcz, "It’s a real question to figure out the right way to train students, to make clear to them what is appropriate and ethical and what is not on exams and in non-exam situations."

Read the full story in the digital edition of Minnesota Law magazine.

Dan Schwarcz
Daniel Schwarcz
Fredrikson & Byron Professor of Law
Distinguished University Teaching Professor
Amy B. Monahan
Distinguished McKnight University Professor
The Melvin Steen & Corporate Donors Professor
Professor Kristin Hickman
Kristin Hickman
McKnight Presidential Professor in Law
Distinguished McKnight University Professor
Harlan Albert Rogers Professor in Law
Associate Director, Corporate Institute
Jonathan H. Choi