• eDiscovery

    eDiscovery Certificate

    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 program can be completed according to your schedule. Earn your certificate in as little as 9 months or spread out your courses over several years.

    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 how to pursue these materials effectively. 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


  • 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.

    The renowned Hamline Legal Studies department provides law-related education and extra-curricular opportunities for Hamline undergraduates and post-baccalaureate paralegal students, including a major in Legal Studies; an ABA-approved Paralegal Certificate program; the 3-3 early law school admission programs designed for exceptional, highly motivated undergraduates; a highly respected mock trial competition program where students learn about the American legal system through a simulated case experience; and an innovative double-major in Legal Studies and Women’s Studies with a Paralegal Certificate that provides students with a unique program of study combining learning experiences in both fields. Hamline University School of Law — Hamline 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.

    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.

    The Hamline eDiscovery certificate is a two-semester program designed for working professionals with evening classes that can be completed in nine months. It is ideally suited for:

    • Professionals who already deliver client discovery services such as paralegals, IT professionals, project managers, or consultants
    • Individuals with legal, technology, or project management experience, who possess a bachelor’s degree and who are interested in pursuing a career in a related field
    • Law students seeking additional training to prepare themselves for available jobs or improve their legal resume
    • Lawyers seeking to establish a niche within their organizations and deliver greater value to their clients
    • Employers who wish to provide eDiscovery professional development

    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)

    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.

    The program has 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).

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

    Learn More or Apply Now

    eDiscovery Course Descriptions
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    Attend an Information Session
    View our application requirements for the eDiscovery program at Hamline.
    Apply for the eDiscovery certificate program.