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Introduction to Generative AI for the Legal Profession

Generative AI for the Legal Profession is an online course designed for lawyers and others in the legal industry  who are interested in harnessing the power of deep learning models. Participants will learn about generative AI, explore a range of use cases, and discover ethical and responsible ways to integrate generative AI into their work.

Led by Wei Chen, a seasoned general counsel experienced in AI applications, the program offers interactive exercises and discussions on prompt engineering and managing AI risks such as hallucination and confidentiality. 

Generative AI for the Legal Profession will help attorneys, paralegals, and legal operations professionals, among others master key AI skills and shape the future of legal practice.

What is generative AI?

Generative AI, short for Generative Artificial Intelligence, is a type of AI technology that can create new content based on patterns it has “learned” from existing data. Generative AI has the potential to streamline processes, improve efficiency, and enhance decision-making in the legal profession. 

Location & Start Date



Program Schedule

January 29, 2024 – January 29, 2025

Content Access: Course content available until January 29, 2025

Time Commitment: Three-week recommended schedule; 1-2 hours per week; under 5 hours total

Who Should Participate

The course is relevant for all legal professionals, including:

  • General Counsels and Chief Legal Officers
  • In-House Privacy and Compliance Professionals
  • Partners and Associates (Corporate and Litigation) in Law Firms
  • Marketing Professionals in Law Firms
  • AI Legal Product Managers
  • Legal Consultants

No prior AI experience or technical skills are required!

Course Structure for Generative AI in the Legal Profession

Class Format

Generative AI for the Legal Profession is a self-paced online course. Students can follow the provided syllabus or choose where to start based on their knowledge and experience.

Class Lectures

The course consists of five modules, each containing a series of 5- to 10-minute videos. In the videos, instructor Wei Chen uses visual presentations to demonstrate specific situations or challenges that generative AI can address. The videos also contain safety tips to mitigate generative AI risks and maintain professional responsibility and ethical standards. The modules also include interviews with industry experts who discuss  hot topics related to generative AI and share their best practices for using the technology in the legal profession.

Class Exercises

Students are assigned interactive exercises that allow them to experiment with different generative AI tools.

Live Lunch & Learn Webinars

These are optional, monthly webinars on hot topics in generative AI. Participants can ask questions and bring up topics for discussion. The webinars are also recorded for later viewing on the course platform.

Slack Channel

A dedicated Slack channel provides participants the opportunity to share articles and best practices, interact with other participants, and engage with course instructors and contributors.

Course Design

Below is a list of the course modules. For an overview of the course pedagogy and a more detailed description of each module, please download the Course Syllabus.

Module 1

Module 1: Introduction to Generative AI

  • Module 1.1: What is Generative AI 
  • Module 1.2: Understanding Professional Responsibility and Conduct around the Use of Generative AI
  • Module 1:3: How to Sign Up for Generative AI Web Services 
  • Module 1.4: Tips on Prompting

Module 2

Module 2: Use Cases for all Legal Professionals

  • Module 2.1: Enhancing Email and Communication
  • Module 2.2: Understanding Legal Concepts
  • Module 2.3: Executive Summary
  • Module 2.4: Translation
  • Module 2.5: Creating Presentations, Spreadsheets & Images; Redaction

Module 3

Module 3A: Use Cases for Transactional Legal Professionals (Optional for Litigation Professionals)

  • Module 3.1: Finding and Comparing Precedents
  • Module 3.2: Reviewing Contract Terms
  • Module 3.3: Drafting Contract Clauses
  • Module 3.4: Drafting Policies 
  • Module 3.5: Creating Checklists
  • Module 3.6: Creating Playbooks


Module 4

Module 3B: Use Cases for Litigation Professionals (Optional for Transactional Legal Professionals)

  • Module 3.7: Researching Judges, Judicial Opinions & Experts
  • Module 3.8: Building Arguments 
  • Module 3.9: Drafting Legal Correspondences
  • Module 3.10: Building Case Timeline

Module 5

Module 4: Use Cases for Legal Executives/Managers (Optional)

  • Module 4.1. Regulatory Alerts and Company Specific Insights
  • Module 4.2: Benchmarking and Trends
  • Module 4.3: Individualized Marketing
  • Module 4.4: Leading Teams

Tuition & Discounts

General Tuition (Special Inaugural Pricing)

Registration is open through September 22, 2024


UC Berkeley Alumni & Government, Nonprofit, and University Employees

Applies to past participants of paid Berkeley Law Executive Education courses.

$560 Save 30%


MCLE credit not provided

$560 Save 30%

Special Rates*

Group Rates: 10+ participants (30% discount). Note: Group rates are discounted off of the general tuition.

Note: If you qualify for one of the discounted or group rates, please email [email protected] for instructions to access your tuition category. Please note that we do not combine discounts.


Tuition will cover program access for the specified time period.


If you are interested in financing this course, Sallie Mae provides competitive education loan programs for credit qualified borrowers.  For more information and to apply, visit the Sallie Mae website. If you decide to pursue such financing, please submit your application to Sallie Mae first and then contact us at [email protected]. We will provide additional instructions on completing your registration.

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Instructor & Contributors

Wei Chen

Course Creator and Instructor

Wei Chen is the General Counsel of Infoblox, the company uniting networking and security. She has over 20 years of legal experience advising businesses of all sizes on corporate governance, strategic transactions, compliance, commercial contracts, intellectual property, operations and legal innovations. Prior to joining Infoblox, Wei served as the SVP and Associate General Counsel, Strategic Transactions, at Salesforce, Inc. and the Assistant General Counsel at Sun Microsystems.

Wei founded The Atticus Project, a non-profit organization and the curator of CUAD and MAUD, two high-quality, open-sourced, AI training dataset of legal contracts. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business and a frequent lecturer on the topic of AI innovations. Wei started her legal career at Skadden Arps and Cooley. She is a sub-4-hour marathoner and an active volunteer in her community and local schools.

Nick Abrahams


Nick Abrahams has been a partner at international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright for over twenty years, spending the last eight years in global technology and innovation leadership roles. Nick is a LinkedIn Top Voice in Technology and was just named in Engatica’s 2023 list of the World’s Top 200 Business Innovators. He is a Professor at Bond University where he researches high performance in legal services and teaches a successful lawyer coaching & innovation program, The Breakthrough Lawyer. 

Nick co-created the world’s first AI-enabled privacy chatbot and won the Financial Times newspaper’s Asia Innovator or the Year Award. He is the Co-founder of LawPath, an online legal solution which has served over 400,000 customers. Nick is on the boards of the Vodafone Foundation, the Sydney Film Festival and world-leading genetics research organisation, the Garvan Foundation. He is the host of the popular podcast Web3 goes Mainstream and the author of the Amazon best-selling books Big Data, Big Responsibilities and Digital Disruption.

Scott Anthony


Scott Anthony is a Partner with Covington & Burling LLP, a multinational law firm working at the intersection of law and policy.  He has more than 25 years of legal experience advising technology companies on their most important and critical strategic transactions (mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic investments, partnerships and financing matters) and corporate governance matters.  He has extensive experience working on cross border matters between Asia (particularly China and South Korea) and the United States.  He has been associated with, and a supporter of, The Atticus Project from its early days. 

Chantal Hwang Barksdale


Chantal Hwang Barksdale is a Senior Counsel at Apple Inc.’s Intellectual Property team. She works closely with and advises product marketing and engineering teams on new product and feature launches while engaging and supervising an extensive global network of outside counsel. Her role entails collaborating on brand protection, licensing, and marketing guidelines for company trademarks and logos. Barksdale effectively manages large and expanding global portfolios of well-known brands across EMEIA, APAC, and the Americas, handling company response in domestic and international intellectual property disputes, including developing and implementing settlement or litigation strategies, while balancing company sensitivities and potential PR considerations.

Hannah Kang


Hannah is a senior corporate counsel with over 14 years of legal experience working at a NY law firm, a Fortune 10 company and a healthcare startup advising on M&A, investments, corporate governance, strategic transactions, commercial contracts, intellectual property, equity administration, privacy and product development.

Miriam Kim


Miriam Kim is a partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation and high-stakes investigations, with a particular emphasis on intellectual property matters, marketing and false advertising claims, and technology disputes. Ms. Kim has a reputation for solving her clients’ most challenging problems as if they were her own. She is currently serving as a practitioner fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology focused on the use of generative AI and the practice of law. She is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee and Generative AI Task Force.

Irene Liu


Irene Liu is an Executive in Residence at Berkeley Law and the founder of Hypergrowth GC. Previously, Irene was Hopin’s Chief Financial and Legal Officer and the General Counsel of Checkr. She was also formerly a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, and the Federal Trade Commission.

Ariana Shaffer


Ariana Shaffer is a Founding Attorney at a Seed-stage startup called Tome that uses AI to summarize common legal contracts. She was previously a venture capital attorney at Cooley LLP.  

Adam Sterling


Adam Sterling is the assistant dean for executive education at Berkeley Law and the lead instructor for VC University. Previously, Adam was the executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business and before academia was a startup and venture capital attorney.

Lyla Sax

Graduate Student Contributor

Lyla Sax is a third-year law student and Institute for International Law and Justice Joyce Lowinson Scholar at New York University School of Law. Lyla previously volunteered with the Atticus Project to label MAUD, an open-sourced, AI training dataset of legal contracts. She will join a law firm in New York after graduation.

Adam Shankman

Graduate Student Contributor

Adam Shankman is a researcher for the Atticus Project and a third-year law student at Columbia Law School, where he is a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Previously, Adam was an Associate at Stabilis Capital. He will join a law firm in New York following graduation.

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Yuyang Sun

Student Contributor

Yuyang Sun is an undergraduate student at Yale University currently in her third year of study and double majoring in Evolutionary Biology and Statistics.

Anwen Chen

Student Contributor

Anwen Chen is a high school student at The Nueva School in San Mateo, California. She has a passion for analytical writing and all things visual arts-related.

Certificates & MCLE

Certificate Type

Certificate of Completion

Participants will earn a certificate of completion from Berkeley Law Executive Education.


3 hours

This course has been approved for up to 3 MCLE credit hours by the California State Bar. Attorneys from other states will need to contact their local bar to verify their own certification requirements.

Program Partners


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