Our mission is to enable the world’s transition to artificial legal intelligence, and our constant aim is to make sure that this transition leads to increased access-to-justice.
Claudius was founded in 2019 by researchers at Princeton University who wanted to create the world’s premier artificial legal intelligence and set it to work empowering individuals and attorneys.
In the United States, attorneys have spent centuries leveraging their smarts, training, experience, and assiduousness to get the best resolutions possible for their clients. The technology available to them, however, has not met their standards for excellence. Databases and repositories of civil settlements and verdicts are notoriously unrepresentative and misleading, and legal research platforms are overpriced, difficult to use, and provide only marginal value.
In early 2020, Claudius Legal Intelligence launched its AI co-counsel. This AI—aptly named after the Roman emperor, Claudius, who is widely credited with creating the legal profession—is changing how attorneys work.
But Claudius didn’t stop there. Aware of the extreme access-to-justice issue in the U.S., the team wanted to ensure that all people receive the legal and quasi-legal help they need. Thus an ambitious project was undertaken: to create the first-ever vertically-integrated artificial legal intelligence, an AI that, in partnership with individuals, firms, and attorneys, makes justice possible for all.
Claudius might be effortless to use, but underneath the hood, it is the most complex and the most advanced vertically-integrated artificial legal intelligence available.
From a technical perspective, Claudius is unmatched. Underneath the hood, it is the world’s most complex and advanced vertically-integrated artificial legal intelligence. It draws on representative cases, diving deep into information that others take for granted. It is able to process its users’ own past outcomes and help them learn from their successes, blind spots, and everything in between. In addition to natural language processing, machine learning, and other technologies that fall within the AI ambit, Claudius makes use of novel applications of ensemble modeling and federated learning. When it comes to sheer power, Claudius has no rivals.
Just as importantly, when it comes to user experience, Claudius is effortless. Its job is to make both individuals’ and attorneys’ lives easier and more rewarding. So the setup is effortless, the input is simple, the output is clear, and the action points are direct and unambiguous.
While creating this unmatched and effortless AI, Claudius Legal Intelligence has remained steadfastly devoted to its core principles of privacy, security, and fairness. Unlike other major legal tech companies, Claudius Legal Intelligence doesn’t share its legal data. Rather, Claudius even will advise its users on how to make sure that their data and case information remain private. Claudius’s job is to provide information and drive profitability; it is not in the data business.
The initial R&D for Claudius included work on predictive analytics for prosecutors’ offices—work that involved highly sensitive information. From this nascent stage, Claudius Legal Intelligence was developing industry-leading data security. When it spun-out of Princeton University and became an independent company, it expanded its data security protocols. It meets all industry-specific regulations, and it goes further than that, working ceaselessly to ensure first-rate security.
Claudius Legal Intelligence is committed to fairness and responsible AI. There is tremendous inequality in the legal system, and this inequality is a byproduct of the overburdened system and deficient human decision making, of systemic and individual suboptimalities. Part of the research that set the foundation for Claudius was focused on eradicating racial and gender biases in the legal system. Our computer scientists and programmers have not forgotten this originating aim, and Claudius remains a company devoted to legal social justice.
All of this is just the beginning. At its pith, “artificial intelligence” refers to a computer system that learns and adapts. This is true of Claudius. It can’t yet solve every problem that people face, but its potential to improve case outcomes, drive revenue, and increase access-to-justice is profound. Great attorneys are already practicing; great legal AI has just been born. When these are combined, the result is something to behold.