Cambridge students create 'world's most advanced legal chatbot'

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A group of Cambridge law students have created LawBot, a chatbot which tells users if they have been the victims of crime.

Dubbed “the world’s most advanced legal chatbot” by its creators Ludwig Bull, Rebecca Agliolo, Nadia Abdul, and Jozo Maruscak, the non-profit program asks users questions in order to figure out whether a crime was committed. It can currently identify and comment on 26 different offences.

Victims can then decide which available legal actions they wish to pursue with a certified solicitor.

The four were inspired by Stanford student Joshua Browder’s AI lawyer DoNotPay, which has successfully contested hundreds of thousands of parking tickets across London and New York for free.

“The fact that we created it in a few short months attests to the gap in the market for artificially intelligent legal services,” said Agliolo, LawBot’s marketing director.

She emphasised the students’ aim of improving access to justice: “The law is shrouded in ‘legalese’, and often incomprehensible for non-lawyers: LawBot bridges this gap to provide understandable, accessible access to legal knowledge.”

One third-year lawyer commented, “Despite the downfall of needing to ask the right questions to get a response, LawBot is a thorough instrument that could be very useful in helping people who are unaware of the criminal law to assert their rights.”


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