University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2015

Course Description
This advanced writing course focuses on electronic discovery under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of the Southern District of Florida. As companies continue to move from relying on paper documents to virtually paperless operations, electronically stored information (ESI) plays an increasingly crucial role in commercial litigation.

This course will study a broad range of topics relating to e-discovery in federal court. Students will examine the significant e-discovery case law and the e-discovery civil procedure rules. We will use hypothetical litigation problems where students will be assigned attorney roles. Students will study the preservation, collection, and production of relevant ESI; participate in e-discovery planning with opposing counsel and the court; prepare discovery documents tailored to uncovering ESI; work through e-discovery issues in litigation, such as costs, spoliation, sanctions, and attorney-client privilege.

The course will also provide a unique opportunity for students to have a hands-on experience with technology associated with ESI and e-discovery. We will collaborate with MiamiLex to study the differing forms and properties of ESI; and to explore the methods of data collection and data processing, including the use of data maps, search terms, predictive coding, filtering, and de-duplication.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-12-2015 - 04-22-2015   W  9:00 AM-10:50 AM F300

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Students will receive a letter graded based on their written submissions, professionalism, and class participation.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Litigation - Basic
Bar Subject(s):
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information

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Phone: (305)284-4345
Office: D340