Hamline, which offers a two-semester E-Discovery Certificate Program to college graduates working in legal technology and related professions, will now offer students of that course the opportunity to train and sit for the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) examination.
The CEDS certification, which is held by more than a thousand legal professionals worldwide, sets the standard for e-discovery competence – and has been identified in hiring decisions by major law firms and Fortune 500 legal departments. Persons who hold the certification say it helps distinguish them from colleagues and job seekers by establishing expertise in an area of high risks and high costs.
“ACEDS has established a measure of e-discovery skills and knowledge that is acknowledged throughout the industry”, said Jeanne Kosieradzki, Director of the Hamline University eDiscovey Certificate Program. “At Hamline, we pursue creativity and innovation in teaching and learning; this partnership with ACEDS is a wonderful example of creative collaboration between a university and professional association to promote excellence in the e-discovery field. Adding the ACEDS offering to Hamline’s rich curriculum gives our students an excellent way to further demonstrate their capabilities to future employers. We are very pleased to be able to work along side ACEDS to promote leadership and student success in this arena.”
The Hamline E-Discovery Certificate Program, like CEDS certification, accounts for the exploding volume of electronic information, documents, and other materials that are changing the very practice of law – and the inability of many legal professionals to handle this data safely and effectively. Its courses are taught by nationally recognized attorneys and leading e-discovery professionals, in conjunction with Hamline Legal Studies professors.
In addition to certification testing and preparation, Hamline students will also receive membership to ACEDS and access to ACEDS.org, which provides timely news and analysis, job resources, training, and admission to a global community of legal professionals. Hamline University alumni and students enrolled in other programs are also eligible to pursue certification, membership and training at a preferred rate.
“Hamline University is a leader in providing the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in today’s technology-oriented legal landscape,” said Robert Hilson, Executive Director of ACEDS. “We are proud to partner with such a forward-thinking institution, and are confident the CEDS credential and other ACEDS resources will help its students forge successful legal careers.”
About Hamline University Legal Education
Hamline University offers the region’s broadest and most comprehensive array of legal education offerings, spanning the spectrum from undergraduate to post-baccalaureate to JD students. The renowned Hamline Legal Studies department provides law-related education and extra-curricular opportunities for Hamline undergraduates and post-baccalaureate
About ACEDS, a BARBRI Professional Association
ACEDS, a BARBRI Professional Association, is an international membership organization for private and public sector persons in law, litigation support, technology, and records management, and others who face e-discovery in their work. ACEDS awards the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) credential to eligible candidates who pass a rigorous proctored examination. It has CEDS professionals and members in 15 countries, and also offers live and online training, specialized information and network-building events.
Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists
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