Course Overview

The Information Technology for Legal Professionals Course serves as an overview and essential primer of the field of computer and data forensics aiming to provide an understanding of how the law and the technological issues interconnect. eDiscovery legal professionals need a foundation in electronically stored information (ESI), computer technology and how they relate to eDiscovery legal issues.

The purpose of this program 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. 

This course is a condensed exploration of these topics for those who want a more abbreviated understanding of the technology as it applies to legal issues. For a deep dive into these topics consider taking the advanced course instead.

The course includes a series of video programs, readings, quizzes. The Course is available for a Certificate of Completion and is CLE eligible.

Course Textbook - Best Practices Guide

This readings for this course are from the Arkfeld's Best Practices Guide: Information Technology Primer for Legal Professionals. You may already have these materials 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) and is available in a print or digital format. LexisNexis® Store. The cost of this Course Guide is not included in the price of the program.

What You'll Learn

Upon successful completion of this course, attendees should be able to:

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

  • Understand ESI Characteristics and Classifications

  • Understand your legal obligations as a legal professional

  • Learn how to identify ESI types (including metadata), sources and locations

  • Understand when to use computer forensics in eDiscovery cases

Course curriculum

  • 1

    IT Electronic Discovery Series (Basic Series)

    • Overview

    • Syllabus

    • Resources

  • 2

    Chapter 1 - Overview of Information Technology and Electronic Discovery (Basic Course)

  • 3

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

    • Assignment - Chapter 2 Basic Course

    • Part 1 & 2 - Creating and Storing ESI and Storage Media, Devices, and Locations - 32 mins.

    • Part 3 - Directories, Files, File Formats and Forms - 13 mins.

    • Basic Quiz - Chapter 2

  • 4

    Chapter 3 - ESI Characteristics, Terminology and Classifications (Basic Course)

    • Assignment - Chapter 3

    • ESI Characteristics, Classifications and Terminology - 14 mins.

    • Quiz - Chapter 3

  • 5

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

    • Assignment - Chapter 4

    • Part 1 - ESI Types and Metadata - 6 mins.

    • Part 2 & 3 - E-mail - 19 mins.

    • Quiz - Chapter 4

  • 6

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

    • Assignment - Chapter 5

    • Part 1 - Internet - 8 mins.

    • Part 2 & 3 - Database & Other Types - 21 mins.

    • Quiz - Chapter 5

  • 7

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

    • Assignment - Chapter 6

    • Part 1 & 2 - Forensic Image, Active Files, Backup, Hashing and Creating, Deleting ESI - 9 minutes

    • Part 3 - Anti-computer Forensics and Alteration of ESI - 6 mins.

    • Quiz - Chapter 6

  • 8

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

    • Assignment - Chapter 7

    • IT Infrastructure: People, Procedures and Technology - 3 mins.

    • Quiz - Chapter 7

  • 9

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

    • Assignment - Chapter 8

    • Part 1 - Storage Media - 10 mins.

    • Part 2 & 3 - Devices and Networks - 26 mins.

    • Quiz - Chapter 8

  • 10

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

    • Assignment - Chapter 9 (Basic)

    • Part 1 - ESI Storage - Internet Service Providers and Cloud Computing - 8 mins.

    • Part 2 - Backup Systems, Archival, Legacy and Other Locations - 8 mins.

    • Quiz - Chapter 9

  • 11

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

    • Assignment - Chapter 10 (Basic)

    • Managing and Producing ESI: Technological, Search and Cost Issues (Basic) - 17 mins.

    • Quiz - Chapter 10 (Basic)

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