Using complicated legal jargon in documents perpetuates injustice by making it difficult for people without legal training or education to understand the meaning and implications of the language. This can disproportionately affect people who do not have access to legal representation or who speak English as a second language, potentially denying them equal protection under the law.
What it does
Our solution to this problem is LegalEase: a web app that allows users to translate lengthy legal documents into concise, easy-to-read outlines. Users can either upload pdf files or directly paste text into a form and quickly receive a report containing a bulleted list of key points and table of important legal definitions.
How we built it
We used the OpenAI API to take advantage of ChatGPT's natural language processing abilities. Using Next.js and React as the framework, we build a web application hosted on Google Firebase to allow users to access LegalEase from different devices.
Challenges we ran into
We ran into some minor troubles when implementing the API with react. Moreover, the lease pdf can be blurry, which makes scanning and converting it to text file hard and result in a not-so-accurate lease analysis.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of coming up with the idea as a team, learning a lot from each other. In addition, we are proud of successfully using the APIs to design a fun and exciting solution to a real-life problem that many students are also facing.
What we learned
We learned more about social issues regarding lease documents while researching, but also became more familiar API implementation as well as the trendiest artificial intelligence product ChatGPT.
What's next for LegalEase
We are aiming to add categories in the result page to provide users with a more comprehensive analysis of the lease and prevent scams from happening.
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