E-Discovery is the process of recovering data stored on computers, hard drives, external drives, servers, archival floppy disks and other digital storage for use as evidence or information related to a legal proceeding. It is one of the hottest topics for paralegals and lawyers. Developing skills in this evolving pre-trial process will make any paralegal more valuable to a firm. While paralegals are unlikely to actually conduct the collection of digital data, he or she will be involved in almost all aspects of data retention and production. As such, knowing the “lay of the land” for the e-discovery process, understanding its somewhat unique terminology, and knowing how to take action when requesting or turning over electronically stored data will be very important for paralegals in the digital age. Having a firm understanding of an efficient and ethical E-discovery process add value to the paralegal role.
For an experienced paralegal, increasing your knowledge and skill set can lead to related growth and opportunities Paralegals must stay current on technologies, trends and evolving law to stay on top of a competitive market in such timely issues as e-discovery, corporate law, criminal law, immigration, real estate and family law. Rice University partners with the ICD, the curriculum developers of our renowned legal studies program to offer convenient on-demand courses to provide educational opportunities 24/7.
Graduates of the Rice Paralegal Certificate program are eligible for a discounted rate of $399 per course.
- Understand the concept of e-discovery and how it relates to the overall discovery process.
- Be able to identify issues and potential solutions to data retention and preservation matters.
- Have a broad understanding of data management, including best practices.
- Be able to spot and avoid possible opportunities for the spoliation of evidence.
- Possess skills to put in place adequate data-preservation protocols.
- Identify options for collecting and processing electronically stored data, including hiring external services.
- Gain a full understanding of ethical obligations as they pertain to e-discovery
This course does not include traditional lectures. Instead, the student will utilize multiple study-support tools that act as a guide for the learning process. These tools may include:
- Chapter Overview and Introduction
- Lecture Notes
- Chapter Review and Review Answers
- Chapter Quiz (required to proceed)
In addition, students will have access to an instructor via email if any questions arise.
Estimated Course Hours (including study and online learning): 24 hours
- Electronically Stored Information: The Source of eDiscovery
- Data Management
- The Discovery Conference
- Preservation, Collection, and Processing Strategies for Data
- Relevancy Review and Production Strategies
- Inadvertent Disclosures of Privileged Information
- Spoliation of Evidence
- eDiscovery Ethics
- Privacy Issues
- Paralegals seeking to further enhance their knowledge and skills
- Professionals preparing to become a paralegal in law firms or government agencies.
- Professionals seeking a legal understanding of e-discovery for use in compliance or risk management
Financial assistance information can be found on Rice Financial Aid's Visiting and Continuing Education Students page.
Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of 10 working days before class starts. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline are subject to a 10% processing fee and must be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. If books have been issued, the cost of the books and any shipping fees will be deducted. Refunds for credit card payments will be processed as credits to the accounts from which they were paid and may not appear as a credit until the following statement. Refunds for enrollments paid by check take up to four weeks to be processed and mailed by the Rice University accounting office. There is a $30 charge for any check returned for insufficient funds.
Student Performance Assessment Methods and Grading Procedures
Your grade in this class will be based upon your cumulative understanding of the course concepts.
- Final Exam: The final exam will be 50% of the course grade.
- Written Assignments: You will have two written assignments, which will each be worth 25% of your final grade. The assignments will be provided on the Study Support website.
In preparing assignments, all positions and conclusions must be substantiated and supported. Identify all key areas, fully address all questions and provide the basis for your conclusion. Please also cite sources to support your statements.
Your assignment grades will be based upon the above criteria. Please be comprehensive in drafting your responses and reach out to your Instructor if you require clarification or assistance.
In order to ensure that you understand the concepts covered in the exam and assignments, make sure to review the text materials, as well as the Chapter Quizzes, available on CareerStudyLabs.com.
eDiscovery for the Legal Professional (Broucek)
Formats and Prices (approximate):
Standard New: from $101
eTextbook (Recommended) $93