In response to the increased automation of legal processes, huge volumes of electronic data, and growth of large-scale, complex litigation, a new occupation on the legal field has emerged: the Litigation Technology Professional. This cutting-edge profession combines the legal knowledge of attorneys and paralegals with the technical skills of information technology professionals. Litigation technology professionals help identify, preserve, collect, produce, and manage electronically stored information (ESI) in litigation. With lightning-fast changes in regards to how data and electronically stored information is kept, maintained, and destroyed, the evolution of the practice of law has been forced to adapt to technology resulting in a specific need for tech-savvy legal professionals currently missing but in high demand.
UC San Diego Extension’s e-Discovery and Litigation Technology certificate is an online, interactive program designed to help legal professionals meet the evolving technical demands in the legal field. In as little as six months, you will learn all phases of electronic discovery, from working with clients to gather relevant records, to using advanced analytics to identify hot documents. You will also explore the principles of litigation readiness,legal project management, current legal software used in managing databases, and the use of technology to create streamlined and persuasive presentations at trial.
The certificate is designed for legal professionals with litigation or equivalent experience who are interested in learning cutting-edge legal technology and expanding career opportunities.
Please Note: The e-Discovery and Litigation Technology Certificate is NOT approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) because it is not a type of program that the ABA oversees, approves, or certifies. The Paralegal Certificate Program is the only UC San Diego Extension program currently approved by the ABA.
There will be a $60 fee upon acceptance into the program
Understanding E-Discovery and Litigation Technology, the first of two cohorts in the E-Discovery Certificate, introduces litigators and litigation staff to the rules and technology associated with the dynamic legal area of eDiscovery. This course presents each stage of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) from Information Governance to Production of Documents, and provides opportunities to apply these stages to well-defined case scenarios. In addition, this course emphasizes the importance of records preservation and the necessary technical tools for relevance-based document review in preparation for a Meet and Confer with opposing counsel and records requests. Selecting an eDiscovery vendor and calculating project costs associated with all aspects of collection, processing, and production will be the final components of eDiscovery covered by this course. Successful completion of this cohort will prepare the student to the advanced application of E-discovery skills in the next cohort - Applying E-Discovery and Litigation Technology (LAW40069)
Applying E-Discovery and Litigation Technology, the second of two parts in the E-Discovery and Litigation Technology Certificate, delves deeper into applying technology to a client’s specific legal position and the ability to make persuasive trial presentations using trial graphics and data visualization, on behalf of the client. Beginning with the necessity to scope the legal project in deciding on the best course of representation of the client, students are introduced to legal project management tools and strategies which necessitates understanding technology and the ability to identify data relevant to a client’s case. Students will submit an effective legal presentation to the court based on a diverse and complex data-set from the client’s perspective. Successful completion of this course along with the first Understanding E-Discovery and Litigation Technology course (LAW40068), completes the specialized E-Discovery and Litigation Technology Certificate.
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" I learned the importance of trial graphics and how to prepare clear and concise presentation for a trial from the e-Discovery and Litigation course work. I would recommend this program to any legal professional wanting to elevate their skills as well as their professional profile. "