Wednesday, August 3, 2011

E-discovery Certification

I think that law students should be getting more exposure and training on e-discovery issues.  It seems like having this expertise would really help in the current job market. A recent post on’s Legal Technology News blog discusses education and certification in e-discovery.  The full post is here.

“At least anecdotally, there is much demand for formal training. There are a good handful of educational opportunities, such as the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, Organization of Legal Professionals, and Association of Litigation Support Professionals.”

It seems to me that law schools could be contributing to help build these important skills for the next generation of lawyers.  This would be a great elective course to add to the curriculum.


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I agree with your comment regarding the need to better prepare law students for electronic discovery issues. My colleague Professor Paula Schaefer has designed an interactive e-discovery course, which is part of our Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Concentration at the University of Tennessee College of Law. In the course, students playing assigned roles email frequently about a business venture. By the end of the semester, a controversy has arisen and a law suit is contemplated. Students are required to sort through thousands of emails and interview clients as they determine a course of action. After suit is filed, the volume of electronically stored information provides new challenges for students serving as counsel who must prepare clients for depositions and respond to discovery requests. Professor Schaefer has described the class in "INJECTING LAW STUDENT DRAMA INTO THE CLASSROOM: TRANSFORMING AN E-DISCOVERY CLASS (OR ANY LAW SCHOOL ClASS) WITH A COMPLEX, STUDENT-GENERATED SIMULATION," which is posted here:

Posted by: Penny White | Aug 4, 2011 10:12:09 AM

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