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Several major law firms, including K&L Gates, Dechert, and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, are training their summer associates on generative AI. The training focuses on using AI tools like research tools and chatbots emphasizing the importance of interacting effectively with AI to extract useful information.

Each summer associate at K&L Gates for example was paired with a lawyer identified as a generative AI “power user” to integrate AI tools into their daily work. Signaling firms are already integrating these cutting-edge tools. Firms included sessions on key AI skills: prompt engineering as well as navigating specific law-focused AI tools, including DraftWise, Kira, and WestLaw’s new offering, which assist with drafting, contract analysis, and research.

While most firms are still experimenting with AI deployment, its use depends significantly on client acceptance, but these trainings mark some of the first steps in overall industry acceptance.

Law Firms Start Training Summer Associates on Using Generative AI

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