If you’re asking yourselves whether I really think that having some sort of background in eDiscovery is the “only” way to succeed in the practice of law after law school graduation – well of course not. What I’m really saying is that the use of technology in the field of law today is simply unavoidable; and the opportunity for law students today to get a basic understanding of eDiscovery along with all the theory and practice courses already offered could prove to be exceedingly beneficial.
As of May 16, 2017, more than forty states have already enacted Rules that affect in some way or another the handling of eDiscovery (See K&L Gates provides a Current Listing of States That Have Enacted E-Discovery Rules). However, very few law schools are currently offering classes on the subject matter as of the writing of this article.
One reason for this may be that law school curricula is designed to teach legal theory and not necessarily the legal process. Very few graduates leave the confines of law school with the necessary skills to “practice law;” having spent most the their three years of study learning the theory behind the law. Nevertheless, it won’t be long before “eDiscovery” will simply be called “discovery.” Terms like metadata, predictive coding, ESI, analytics, and digital forensics will be (or certainly should be) part of every litigator’s vocabulary; and law school students that have been exposed to some of these basic principles will undoubtedly be ahead of the game after they graduate.
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