There are many institutions and organizations that offer certification in e-discovery for legal professionals. Most states have their own requirements for certification programs; some can count as continuing education for legal professionals. These certification programs usually involve a highly intense series of seminars, training, and testing that lasts over a period of a few days. The applicants will pay a tuition fee and will be granted e-discovery certification at the end of the course if they pass their final exam. Some institutions limit their class size to encourage open discussion and questions.
The purpose of certification is to teach applicants how to successfully approach and complete the process of e-discovery with an emphasis on cutting edge technology and governmental rules and regulations. Certification can also help legal professionals be better prepared for litigation. Legal professionals with e-discovery certification may be more marketable to potential clients. At the end of a certification course, applicants should be able to manage and organize electronic information and understand the investigation and regulation processes of e-discovery.
Topics that are covered in e-certification seminars may include:
computer forensics and metadata
information technology and management tools
how to safeguard sensitive or confidential data
recent case law
Specific objectives taught may include:
terminology specific to e-discovery
creating files and new data fields
performing filters and searches
how to generate summary reports, perform batch processing, or export files
TERIS is proud to have 8 professionals with professional eDiscovery certifications throughout its various locations and looks forward to assisting other professionals with the pursuit of their certifications.