University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Summer 2017

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 almost every type of litigation. This course will study a broad range of topics relating to e-discovery in federal court. Students will examine significant e-discovery case law and e-discovery civil procedure rules; study the preservation, collection, and production of relevant ESI; participate in mock e-discovery planning with opposing counsel and the court; prepare discovery tailored to uncovering ESI; and work through e-discovery issues in litigation, such as costs, spoliation, sanctions, and attorney-client privilege. This 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 different forms and properties of ESI. Students will have the opportunity to interface with the technology behind data collection and processing; this will include the use of data maps, search terms, and predictive coding. This course will use reading materials, fact patterns, in-class activities, writing exercises and assignments, oral presentations, and other tools to help students learn. At the conclusion of this course, students should have a solid foundation on how to navigate electronic discovery for contemporary legal practice.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
05-26-2017 - 07-07-2017   F  9:00 AM-1:00 PM F109

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 grade based on their written submissions, oral presentation, 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
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None