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*According to chatbots*

*Do robots have a sense of humor? What sort of humor has generative AI learned from the masses? In the spirit of scientific inquiry, I asked several chatbots to tell me the best lawyer joke ever. 

ChatGPT-4: While there's no definitive "world's best" lawyer joke since humor is subjective, here's a popular and light-hearted lawyer joke:

 

What’s the difference between a lawyer and a herd of buffalo?

The lawyer charges more.

It's important to remember that jokes about professions are meant for fun and shouldn't be used to make generalizations or assumptions about the entire profession or its practitioners. Always consider your audience before sharing!

 

I generated the question three times in slightly different ways and got the same joke. It was a very non-offensive joke, considering what else is out there. While appreciating the buffalo reference as a Colorado Law student, I wasn't convinced ChatGPT-4 had the best response, so I turned to Bing Chat. 

Bing Chat: Here’s one for you: “Why won’t sharks attack lawyers? Professional courtesy.” 😄

*Emoji added by Bing , maybe to help convince me the joke was funny? Next up was Google Bard.

Google Bard: The world's best lawyer joke is a matter of opinion, but here is one that I find pretty funny:

What's the difference between a good lawyer and a great lawyer? A good lawyer knows the law. A great lawyer knows the judge.

This joke plays on the stereotype that lawyers are always trying to find loopholes in the law to get their clients off the hook. It also suggests that the best lawyers are the ones who have the most influence with the judges.

*Bard was the only chatbot that also felt the need to explain the joke to me. I actually didn't mind. Industry-specific jokes are not going to make sense to everyone. Bard did not stop with just one joke though! 

Here is another one:

How many lawyers does it take to change a light bulb? None. They just argue about who is liable for the burned-out bulb.

This joke is funny because it highlights the fact that lawyers are often seen as being more interested in arguing about the law than in actually solving problems. Of course, not all lawyers are like this. There are many lawyers who are dedicated to helping their clients and who are honest and ethical in their practices. But the jokes about lawyers persist because they play on the stereotype that lawyers are more interested in money and winning than in justice.

*And still in the spirit of honest inquiry, I couldn't resist asking Chat GPT-4 to tell me the WORST lawyer joke in the world.

ChatGPT-4: Determining the "worst" lawyer joke is subjective and depends on individual tastes in humor, as well as social and cultural contexts. However, here's a lawyer joke that some might consider corny or groan-worthy:

Why don't lawyers go to the beach? Because cats keep trying to bury them in the sand!

Remember, lawyer jokes often play on stereotypes and may not be appreciated by everyone, especially those in the legal profession. Always consider your audience when telling any kind of joke!

*I can tell you with 100% certainty that this is not the worst lawyer joke in the world. What I did find interesting was that all the chatbots avoided getting offensive (Bing got the closest when I fine-tuned the joke I shared here to be more creative, feel free to go try the different styles of Bing Chat) Built into these tools are lots of warnings and ethical caveats about pro-social behaviors, to the point where the caveats start to feel redundant and Jiminy Cricket-esque, constantly chirping in your ear as you go about your business. 

 

Why are there so many behavioral reminders built into these tools? 

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