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Rich Co-authors Article on Student Use of ChatGPT

Rebecca Rich

February 27, 2023

Rebecca Rich, assistant dean for the law library and technology services and assistant teaching professor at Drexel University’s Kline School of Law, co-authored an article for LexBlog about the ineffective use of ChatGPT for legal research and writing.

The blog, “Experiments with ChatGPT: Don’t Panic, the Robots Are Not Writing Your Students’ Legal Memos,” was published Jan. 31 and discusses the potential use of AI content generation tools such as ChatGPT by students to cheat in their legal education. The authors hold that such cheating is not likely to be effective, saying, “ChatGPT and other similar AI-generative content creation tools can, and have, absolutely been misused; but we found that even with expert prompt creation and a high level of expertise, ChatGPT et al. are not yet capable of producing student work that is indistinguishable from real student work.”

Rich co-authored the article with Greg Lambert, chief knowledge services officer at the Jackson Walker law firm, and Jennifer Wondracek, director of the law library and professor of legal research and writing at Capital University Law School.

LexBlog is a global network of legal blogs.

Rich joined the Drexel Kline Law faculty in 2019. Her research interests include the education of students with disabilities, administrative law, bioethics, disability law, and technology in legal education and libraries.