Hotshot, a learning platform for legal professionals, today released the first five courses in a planned series designed to teach lawyers and other legal professionals about artificial intelligence and its impact on law practice.

The overall set of AI videos is designed to teach lawyers about the technology, its use cases for law practice, its risks and ethical considerations, its impact on different practice areas, and more.

Hotshot’s specialty is videos that are short and practical, accompanied by interactive quizzes and written materials, and the AI videos follow suit. Each is about 15 minutes long, broken into short sections of a few minutes each.

They feature a combination of scripted content with animated graphics and on-camera interviews with AI experts from law firms, corporate law departments, legal tech companies and law schools.

The courses released today are:

  • AI Concepts and Terms.
  • Generative AI: What It Is and Why It Matters.
  • Introduction to LLMs for Lawyers.
  • Limitations and Risks of LLMs.
  • GenAI Issues in Commercial Agreements.

Other courses “coming soon” include:

  • Prompting, covering how to write effective prompts.
  • Using AI: Litigators.
  • Using AI: Transactional Lawyers.
  • Using AI: Corporate Legal Departments.
  • Ethical Issues in AI and Professional Responsibilities for Lawyers.
  • AI Governance.
  • AI Issues in Employment Practice.
  • AI Issues in Intellectual Property Practice.
  • AI in Legal Tech.
  • Adopting and Integrating AI: A Legal Tech Perspective.

Ian Nelson, cofounder of Hotshot, told me that the company has lined up a roster of leading AI experts to participate in these videos. They include:

  • Emily Colbert, Global Head of Practical Law, Thomson Reuters.
  • Casey Flaherty, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, LexFusion.
  • Katie Gardner, Partner, Gunderson Dettmer.
  • Joe Green, Chief Innovation Officer, Gunderson Dettmer.
  • Daniel Lewis, CEO, LegalOn Technologies.
  • Megan Ma, Assistant Director, CodeX and Law, Science, Technology Program, Stanford Law School.
  • Gary Marchant, Faculty Director, Center of Law, Science and Innovation, ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
  • Dyane O’Leary, Director, Legal Innovation & Technology, Institute, Suffolk University Law School.
  • Memme Onwudiwe, Co-Founder, Evisort.
  • Lydia Petrakis, Senior Corporate Counsel, Digital Strategist, Microsoft.
  • Adam Shevell, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
  • David Simons, Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner.
  • Todd Smithline, CEO & Founder, Bonterms,
  • Whitney Stefko, Associate Director and Senior Counsel, Legal Ops+, Ford Motor Company.
  • Alex Su, Head of Community Development, Ironclad.
  • Ed Walters, Chief Strategy Officer, vLex.
  • David Wang, Chief Innovation Officer, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Nelson said that Hotshot plans to soon add a learning track for the content and offer a certificate that people can post to LinkedIn to show they have taken the courses on the basics of generative AI.

Users will also soon be able to earn CLE for watching the AI videos if they watch them through Hotshot’s learning track.

A free-trial offer lets you view three of the courses at no cost. After that, Hotshot’s courses are available for purchase by law firms, law schools and individual lawyers and law students.

Pricing is based on numbers of lawyers at a firm and the training topics the firm suggests. A pricing calculator lets you see exactly what it would cost your firm.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.