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What Beer Brewing Can Teach Law Students About ChatGPT

One of the greatest characteristics of artificial intelligence – as it currently stands – is its ability to impress us by being almost perfect. We are impressed by what we see and assume that perfection is just around the corner. But when it comes to AI, the step between impressively close to perfect, and actual perfection, is large indeed. To test ChatGPT’s abilities, Dan Svantesson puts it to the ‘beer making test’.

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Making Contracts More Understandable:  A New Frontier for Lawyers

For many lawyers, writing complex contracts that only the initiated can understand is a point of pride. But for the non-lawyers whose lives and finances are affected by these contracts, this can be a major problem. They may not be able to understand the contract and may not have the resources to hire a lawyer to interpret it for them. However, a new generation of legal thinkers and designers are challenging this status quo and working to make contracts more understandable and accessible to non-lawyers.

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Boolean Guess Who? Using Gamification to Engage First Year Law Students with Advanced Legal Research Techniques

This post will explain how first semester educators and law librarians work together to teach legal research skills using classic games to increase engagement and understanding amongst law students.

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Law Schools Should Teach More Transactional Lawyering

Australian lawyers specialising in transactional work are, according to legal recruiters, the most in-demand by overseas head-hunters looking to fill global talent shortages.  The pay both domestically and overseas is high and demand for graduate jobs in top-tier commercial firms is fierce.  Law students should learn as much as they can about the different fields of practice before they make important career choices. Why don’t law schools teach more transactional lawyering?

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Every Law School Should Have A Legal Research Clinic

At Bond University, there is a newly established Internet Law Research Clinic.  The clinic is supervised by legal academics and enables law students to volunteer their time during their degree to gain practical insight and experience in the area of legal technology and internet law solutions. This blog post highlights the benefits and challenges around the use of legal research clinics in law school. 

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Dr Umair Ghori joins The Conversation with a warning: “Hey minister, leave that gas trigger alone!”

Check out Dr Umair Ghori’s latest article in The Conversation! With the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) warning consumers of huge price hikes ahead, further calls for the federal government to pull its so-called “gas trigger” seem inevitable. But, as Dr Ghori warns, that could be a BIG mistake!

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