Spring 2021

INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science : Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence

Unique ID: 28380


02:30 PM - 05:30 PM  

Hybrid instruction - In-person class meetings with the option to attend synchronously online.

Cross-listing of LAW 335E, hosted by the School of Law.



Evidence is information, and nearly all information is created, collected, communicated and stored electronically. Thus, the ability to identify, discover, 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 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 vast 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. Please note that this course imposes a significant workload on students taking it for credit. I am happy to discuss the workload with students considering enrollment so that they may assure themselves that the course is a good fit for their temperament and schedule. Instructor can be reached via email at craig@ball.net if you have any questions.


Graduate standing.


iSchool students prioritized during earlier registration periods. Additional seats may become available for outside students in a later period.