There are a lot of neat legal writing tools on the market and the law school has access to a few. These tools can be helpful but be cautious in your approach - open source AI is still in the early stages so errors, hallucinations, and privacy issues abound. Be sure you understand any privacy issues and policies before using commercial toosl as well - you may be sharing confidential information more broadly than you expect.
Actual useful ways generative AI can help you do some research without abdicating your professional responsibilies:
One of the best resources for learning the writing and research norms in your court will be the existing work product of the clerks and staff attorneys in your office. Most courts have example work product readily available and often have an internal manual with grammar and citation formats preferred by the judges.
"Members of the general public will rarely read opinions. But reporters from the media will communicate what they believe to be the substance of an opinion that strikes them as being of public interest. When an opinion addresses an issue of general public interest or is likely to attract media attention, it should be written in a manner that will ensure it cannot be misunderstood. The mark of a well-written opinion is that it is comprehensible to an intelligent layperson."
Federal Judicial Center, Judicial Writing Manual 6 (2d. ed. 2013).
Most of the commercial legal research platforms have a practice-driven section that students may miss if they don't attend training sessions or take an upper-level research class. They often contain drafting tools and sample documents that can help ease the transition between doing legal research and creating a legal document.
Recent scholarship from court clerks includes recommendations on writing briefs for the court that focus on clarity and simplicity.
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