Information Technology (IT) Series for Legal Professionals (Advanced Series)

The Advanced - Information Technology (IT) for Legal Professionals Course (on-demand) serves as an overview and essential primer of the many facets of information technology and the legal obligations for legal professions as they become engaged in the eDiscovery of ESI.

To fully understand how the law and technology interconnect, eDiscovery practitioners need a foundation in "electronically stored information" (ESI) and how it relates to eDiscovery legal issues. This Course is designed to provide computer ESI instructional content to enable you to be able to competently discern and address the legal electronic information issues as they arise in your cases.

The purpose of this Course is to provide a basic understanding of how electronic data is created and stored, the different types of "electronically stored information" (ESI), computer forensics, locating ESI from different sources and locations, and managing it using computer technology. Understanding the IT infrastructure will enable legal professionals to apply eDiscovery legal mandates whhen requesting and producing ESI while avoiding sanctions.

The primary difference between the "advanced" and "basic" Information Technology (IT) for Legal Professionals Courses are the length of the videos and additional readings. The Advanced IT Course is approximately 10 hours of video and the Basic IT Course is 4 hours of video. The critical issues under both series are covered, though in more detail in the "advanced" series.

The course includes a series of video programs, readings, quizzes. The Course is available for Certificate of Completion on Advanced Information Technology for Legal Professionals, and is CLE eligible.

Course Textbook - Best Practices Guide

This course readings for this course are from the Arkfeld’s Best Practices Guide: Information Technology Primer for Legal Professionals. You may already have this Best Practice Guide available through your organization's Lexis Advance online legal research subscription or it may already be in your library. If not, the Best Practices Guide may be purchased at a 30% discount, using the promotion code 2020EDEC30 (approximate cost $100) in a print or digital format. LexisNexis® Store. This cost of this Course book is not included in the price of the program.

What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this course, students will benefit by:

  • Understanding IT basics and the interrelationship of IT and electronic discovery

  • Understanding ESI Characteristics and Classifications

  • Understanding you and your client's obligations regarding ESI preservation

  • Understanding when to use computer forensics in eDiscovery cases

  • Learning about metadata, cloud computing, backups, etc.

  • Examine the major IT issues that affect your cases

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Information Technology (IT) for Legal Professionals (Advanced Course)

    • Overview

    • Syllabus

    • Instructor

    • Resources

    • Certification and CLE

  • 2

    Chapter 1 - Overview, Current State of Affairs, IT and eDiscovery Basics (Advanced)

    • Assignment - Chapter 1

    • Part 1 - Overview and Current State of Affairs (16 mins.)

    • Part 2 - Overview of Information Technology (IT) - 19 mins.

    • Part 3 - Basics of Electronic Discovery (18 mins.)

    • Quiz - Chapter 1

  • 3

    Chapter 2 - Creating Electronically Stored Information, Directories and Forms (Advanced)

    • Assignment - Chapter 2

    • Part 1 - Creating, Storing and Retrieving Electronic Data - 28 mins.

    • Part 2 - Storage Media, Devices, and Locations - 23 mins.

    • Part 3 - Directories, Files, File Formats and Forms - 31 mins.

    • Quiz - Chapter 2

  • 4

    Chapter 3 - ESI Characteristics, Terminology and Classifications (Advanced)

    • Assignment - Chapter 3

    • Part 1 - ESI Characteristics - 22 mins.

    • Part 2 - Characteristics, Classification and Terminology ((cont.) - 25 mins.

    • Quiz - Chapter 3

  • 5

    Chapter 4 - ESI Types: Part 1 - Metadata and E-mail (Advanced)

    • Assignment - Chapter 4

    • Part 1 - ESI Types and Metadata - 27 mins.

    • Part 2 - E-mail - 28 mins.

    • Part 3 - Email (cont.) - 26 mins.

    • Quiz - Chapter 4

  • 6

    Chapter 5 - ESI Types: Part 2 - ESI Types: Internet, Databases, Text, Spreadsheets, etc. (Advanced)

    • Assignment - Chapter 5

    • Part 1 - Internet - 40 mins.

    • Part 2 - Database - 22 mins.

    • Part 3 - Other Types - 36 mins.

    • Quiz - Chapter 5

  • 7

    Chapter 6 - Computer Forensics: Destroying, Restoring, Concealing and Protecting ESI (Adavanced)

    • Assignment - Chapter 6

    • Part 1 - Computer Forensic Image, Active Files, Backup and Hashing - 14 mins.

    • Part 2 - Creating, Deleting and Recovering ESI - 14 mins.

    • Part 3- Anti-computer Forensics and Alteration of ESI - 15 mins.

    • Quiz - Chapter 6

  • 8

    Chapter 7 - IT Infrastructure: People, Procedures and Technology (Advanced)

    • Assignment Chapter 7

    • IT Infrastructure: People, Procedures and Technology - 14 mins.

    • Quiz - Chapter 7

  • 9

    Chapter 8 - Storage Locations: Part 1 - Media, Devices, Networks and Servers (Advanced)

    • Assignment - Chapter 8

    • Part 1 - Storage Media - 19 mins.

    • Part 2 - Devices and Networks - 35 mins.

    • Part 3 - Devices and Networks (cont.) - 34 mins.

    • Quiz - Chapter 8

  • 10

    Chapter 9 - Storage Locations - Part 2 - Cloud, Back-up System, Archival and Legacy (Advanced)

    • Assignment - Chapter 9

    • Part 1 - ESI Storage - Internet Service Providers and Cloud Computing - 15 mins.

    • Part 2 - Backup Systems, Archival, Legacy and Other Locations - 33 mins.

    • Quiz - Chapter 9

  • 11

    Chapter 10 - Managing and Producing ESI: Technological, Search and Cost Issues (Advanced)

    • Assignment - Chapter 10

    • Part 1 - Overview and Benefits of Managing ESI in an Electronic Format - 18 mins.

    • Part 2 - Automated Litigation Support (ALS) and Electronic Discovery Systems - 18 mins.

    • Part 3 - ESI Processing Stages - Technological Issues - 25 mins.

    • Part 4 - ESI Processing Stages - Technological Issues (cont.) - 16 mins.

    • Quiz - Chapter 10

  • 12

    Final Exam and Survey

    • IT Advanced Final Exam - 20 Questions

    • Survey

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