Impact of M365 Copilot on Legal Work at Microsoft

Teams at Microsoft often reflect on how Copilot helps.  I try to help these teams both by measuring Copilot usage in the field (as they do their ordinary work) and in lab experiments (idealized versions of their tasks in environments where I can better isolate cause and effect).  This month I ran an experiment with CELA, Microsoft’s in-house legal department.  Hossein Nowbar, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Vice President, summarized the findings in a post at LinkedIn:

Recently, we ran a controlled experiment with Microsoft’s Office of the Chief Economist, and the results are groundbreaking. In this experiment, we asked legal professional volunteers on our team to complete three realistic legal tasks and randomly granted Copilot to some participants. Individuals with Copilot completed the tasks 32% faster and with 20.3% greater accuracy!

Copilot isn’t just a tool; it’s a game-changer, empowering our team to focus on what truly matters by enhancing productivity, elevating work quality, and, most importantly, reclaiming time.

All findings statistically significant at P<0.05.

Full results.