AI & Law: Neuro-Symbolic AI Is The Future For AI And The Law

Lance Eliot
6 min readMar 18, 2024
Combining sub-symbolic and symbolic AI is the future for AI and the law.

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

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Key briefing points about this article:

  • The use of Machine Learning (ML) and sub-symbolic generative AI continues to gain ground, including in the legal profession.
  • Many wonder whether the future of AI is entirely pegged to further advances solely in generative AI.
  • Some predict generative AI will hit a proverbial wall, and that rules-based approaches will be reborn.
  • These two camps (often warring) are known as the sub-symbolic and the symbolics.
  • A hybrid AI also referred to as neuro-symbolic, might be the way forward, for the law too.


It seems that the expanding use of generative AI is nearly unstoppable and will just keep going on a full-steam-ahead basis. This includes the use of AI in the law and for the legal profession, increasingly showing up as either integrated into modern LegalTech or provided as an amplifier or augmentation to conventional…



Lance Eliot

Dr. Lance B. Eliot is a renowned global expert on AI, successful startup founder, global CIO/CTO, , was a top exec at a major Venture Capital (VC) firm.