Date Written: January 24, 2023
In this paper, we summarize the current state of the field of NLP and Law with a specific focus on recent technical and substantive developments. To support our analysis, we construct and analyze a corpus of more than six hundred NLP and Law related papers published over the past decade. Our analysis highlights several major trends. Namely, we document an increasing number of papers written, tasks undertaken, and languages covered over the course of the past decade. We observe an increase in the sophistication of the methods which researchers deployed in this applied context. Slowly but surely, Legal NLP is beginning to match the methodological sophistication of general NLP. We believe this to be a positive trend for the future of the field, but many questions in both the academic and commercial sphere still remain open.
JEL Classification: C45, C55, K49, O33, O30