Electronic Discovery Proficiency Certificate
The Electronic Discovery Proficiency Certificate is designed to enhance the skills of paralegals in the field of electronic discovery.
Due to an increased use in computers and digital devices, an estimated 80% of legal documents are kept entirely in digital form. Over the past decade, a body of case law has emerged to regulate electronic discovery ("ediscovery"), or the practice of exchanging electronically stored information, during litigation. This practice area deals specifically with the ediscovery process and the attendant identification, collection, processing and review of electronically stored information.
This certificate builds upon the Paralegal Studies and Digital Forensics programs offered at the College, since the emerging ediscovery field requires training in both of these areas in order for paralegals to have a complete understanding of the ediscovery lifecycle. Digital forensics provides insight on the early stages of the ediscovery lifecycle, while the Paralegal Studies Program provides instruction on the remaining stages.
Please note that this certificate is not a program approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) because it does not meet the ABA minimum of eighteen semester hours of legal specialty courses, among other requirements. If students are interested in a Community College of Philadelphia ABA-approved program, please refer to the Paralegal Studies Degree or the Paralegal Studies Post-Degree Proficiency Certificate.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the Electronic Discovery proficiency certificate, students will be able to:
- Describe the civil litigation process and the law, and procedural rules underpinning discovery
- Describe how ediscovery relates to civil litigation
- Articulate the different stages of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM)
- Demonstrate an understanding of ediscovery database software programs that includes the organization of data and the evaluation of electronically stored information for relevance and privilege
- Conduct the acquisition and processing of digital media
Program Entry Requirements:
This certificate is open to interested students. New students are normally required to take the College’s placement test at their time of entry. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of the certificate.
Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:
Successful completion of the certificate requires a grade of "C" or better in each of the courses listed. PLS 215 and DF 101 must be taken within five years of beginning the certificate. Students whose behavior is viewed as inconsistent with professional standards may be dropped from the certificate program pending the results of a departmental hearing. All students are required to sign an integrity statement agreeing to abide by standards of ethics and integrity in all assignments and undertakings.
|Course Number and Name||Prerequisites||Credits|
|PLS 101 - Intro to Paralegal Studies||3|
|PLS 121 - Civil Litigation I||PLS 101||3|
|CIS 105 - Computer Systems Maintenance||4|
|DF 101 - Introduction to Digital Forensics||CIS 105 and JUS 101 or PLS 101||3|
|PLS 215 - Electronic Discovery||PLS 121||3|
Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:
General Education Requirements:
All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.
For More Information, Contact:
The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Telephone (215) 751-8450; or call the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.
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