Graduate Certificate in E-Discovery

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Find your place in a multi-billion dollar industry. 
Electronic Discovery refers to any process in which electronic data is sought, located, secured and searched with the intent of using it as evidence in a legal case. The process of legal discovery has become increasingly complicated and challenging due to the advent of digital technology.  The memos and reports that once filled bankers boxes and filing cabinets have evolved into terabytes of data in electronic files, email accounts, thumb drives, social media postings, as well as a myriad of other sources and devices that are all potentially “discoverable.”  E-Discovery has become a key component of the legal process, often representing at least 50 percent of the costs related to litigation.

Professionals who specialize in e-Discovery admit that there is a huge knowledge gap in the profession. That’s why there’s a compelling, ever-growing need for more experts in this burgeoning, multi-billion dollar industry. And with growth of 300%1 in the last several years, the professional opportunities are everywhere—in fact, they’ve never been greater.

E-Discovery professionals come with a variety of educational and experiential backgrounds.  At a minimum, you must possess a Bachelor’s Degree, preferably related to the legal, information technology/systems or project/business management fields.

Who Could Start an e-Discovery Career

Examples of individuals who have specialized in e-Discovery include, but are not limited to:
  • Attorneys
  • Paralegals
  • Litigation Support Personnel
  • Systems Analysts
  • Information Systems Specialists
  • Project Managers
  • Database Managers
  • Digital / Computer Forensics Specialists
  • Data Analysts

If you have additional questions about whether the e-Discovery field is right for you based upon your educational background and level of experience, please feel free to contact a Bryan University admissions representative for further guidance by calling 1-888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form.

Expanding careers
According to the Cowen Group’s 5th Annual Salary Study, 60 percent of firms surveyed indicated that they are planning to grow their litigation support departments and e-Discovery practice groups.2 In addition, many firms are seeking to add e-Discovery practices in-house in order to remain competitive and to pursue new sources of revenue.

These trends, combined with the fact that the technology is still rapidly evolving, mean that demand for experienced talent will continue to exceed supply. In fact, the gap between supply and demand is projected to widen.

Diverse employers
Law firms, corporations, and vendors are hiring e-Discovery experts at an accelerating rate.

Highly trained e-Discovery professionals can find excellent career opportunities in:

  • Global law firms
  • Corporate legal departments
  • E-Discovery software companies
  • Government
  • Academia

At Bryan University, we give you a clear pathway, so that you’re ready to make your next career move as soon as you graduate.  Learn how we put you on the path.

1Kane, S. (2011). E-Discovery Professional.
2Cowen Group (2010). 2009-2010 Salary Survey Snapshot
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