• eDiscovery

    eDiscovery Certificate

    The mounting volume of electronic communications, documents, and images is changing the very practice of law. The vast majority of discoverable information today is exchanged and stored electronically, but many legal professionals don't know now to pursue these materials effectively. 

    Postbaccalaureate students - students who have an undergraduate degree, but who want to return to school to further develop their skills and advance their careers - can earn an eDiscovery Certificate from Hamline.

    The Hamline eDiscovery certificate is a two-semester program designed for working legal and IT professionals with evening classes that can be completed in nine months

    With Hamline’s eDiscovery Certificate, you’ll be at the leading edge of eDiscovery innovation through:

    • Extensive exposure to the principles, process, technology, risks, and opportunities associated with discovery of electronically stored information
    • An internship providing an opportunity to apply classroom learning
    • Hands-on training in a laboratory setting
    • Detailed exposure to widely used eDiscovery technology
    • All eDiscovery courses will be taught by nationally recognized attorneys and eDiscovery professionals in conjunction with Hamline Legal Studies professors

    Please note: The eDiscovery Certificate program  is not an American Bar Association approved paralegal certificate program and does not qualify recipients for the practice of law.


  • Why Hamline?

    Hamline’s eDiscovery program was developed in consultation with a curriculum committee comprised of some of the leading eDiscovery practitioners in the country, and was recently recognized by Sechel Ventures as one of "7 Great Cybercrime & eDiscovery Certificate Programs".

    Hamline's eDiscovery courses are taught by nationally recognized attorneys and eDiscovery professionals in conjunction with the University's Legal Studies professors. Learn more about the faculty of the eDiscovery Program.

    The renowned Hamline Legal Studies department provides law-related education and extra-curricular opportunities for Hamline undergraduates and post-baccalaureate paralegal students. Hamline University School of Law is a nationally ranked, ABA-accredited law school offering JD, Master’s and certificate programs. Students in all Hamline legal programs collaborate with experienced faculty, share a first-class law library, and participate in a variety of hands-on, high impact learning opportunities including externships and clinics. Students apply classroom learning through on training in high-profile, critical technology platforms and services areas, as well as through an eDiscovery Practicum and 150-hour apprenticeship.

    Due to the strength and national recognition of Hamline’s eDiscovery program, Hamline is the first university to offer the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists’ CEDS™ exam, the field’s first certification exam. Students receive a discounted rate including training materials, exam and one year membership. The program has also been approved by the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education for 45 CLE credits, and by the National Association of Legal Assistants for 20 CLE credits (including 3 hours of legal ethics).

    The eDiscovery Program at a Glance

    Number of credits: 18.
    Cost: $573 per credit. Financial aid is available.
    Time to complete: 9 months or longer, if desired.

    Program Highlights

    Semester 1 (8 credits)
    These introductory courses are designed to ground the student in a legal and practical framework that will advance their knowledge of the issues and create a foundation necessary for a more advanced application of skills:

    • Introduction to Electronic Discovery (4 credits)
    • Electronic Discovery: A Practical Framework (4 credits)

    Semester 2 (10 credits)
    These courses continue to build on the solid foundation created in the first semester:

    • Managing Electronic Discovery (2 credits)
    • Advanced Electronic Discovery: Emerging Issues (2 credits)
    • Advanced Electronic Discovery: Technology Practicum (2 credits)
    • Internship (4 credits)

    Students enrolled in the eDiscovery Certificate program may also earn Hamline's Paralegal Certificate with a total of 38 credits of coursework. Please refer to the Paralegal and eDiscovery Certificates Information Sheet (PDF) for more information.

    Hamline eDiscovery Professional Scholarship

    Hamline’s eDiscovery Professional Scholarship is a departmental scholarship to support eDiscovery post-baccalaureate students who demonstrate a high level of professional experience in the legal field. Students will be considered for a full (18 credits) or half (9 credits ) tuition scholarship at the time of admission. There will be up to two incoming students that receive the scholarship each year.

    To be considered for the scholarship, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all previous college coursework. A minimum 3.0 GPA must be maintained to continue to receive the scholarship after the first semester. Scholarships are only awarded to students who have been admitted to the eDiscovery program. Recipients must register for 8 eDiscovery credits in the fall semester and 10 eDiscovery credits in the spring semester and complete the program in one academic year.

    Please provide a detailed account of professional experience on the program application. Applications are due two weeks prior to the first day of the semester in which the student begins the program. Scholarships are only awarded to students who have received an offer of admission from Hamline University.

    Professional Development Opportunities

    Discovery courses are available to be taken individually as professional development with approval from the eDiscovery program director on a case-by-case basis.

    Please contact Judy Gunnarson for a registration form and more information.

    Learn More or Apply Now

    eDiscovery Course Descriptions
    Request Information from the Graduate Admission office.
    Attend an Information Session
    View our application requirements for the eDiscovery program at Hamline.
    Apply for the eDiscovery certificate program.