Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence

Course Information

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Meeting Times

Day Time Location
WED 3:45 - 6:30 pm TNH 2.124

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Final exam (administered by Exam4 in Closed mode) May 1, 2023 1:30 pm 2.124


This challenging 3-hour course covers the hottest topics in litigation today: electronic discovery and digital evidence. Evidence is information, and nearly all information is created, collected, communicated and stored electronically. Thus, the ability to identify, preserve, interpret, authenticate and challenge electronically stored information is a crucial litigation skill. This course will seek to reconcile the federal rules and e-discovery case law with the sources, forms and methods of information technology and computer forensics. Students will deeply explore information technology, learn to "speak geek" and acquire hands-on, practical training in finding electronic evidence, meeting preservation duties, guarding against spoliation, selecting forms of production, communicating and cooperating with opposing counsel and managing the volume and variety of digital evidence and metadata. With an emphasis on understanding the nuts and bolts of information technology, the course teaches practical considerations, tips and tools as well as pivotal case law that has shaped this area of the law and the electronic discovery industry as a whole. No background in computing or technology is required to succeed. If you have questions about the course to decide if it's for you, I can be reached via email as craig@ball.net or by phone at 713-320-6066.

Evaluation is based on five self-administered, timed quizzes administered via Canvas at roughly two week intervals. There are also weekly written homework exercises and a conventional proctored final.

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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
03/22/2023 Exam information updated