Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Course Catalog 
2024-2025 Course Catalog


E-Discovery, Certificate

Location(s): Online

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The purpose of the E-Discovery certificate is to provide a course of study for students to concentrate in the areas of litigation support as it related to discovery of the electronically stored information. This certificate is best suited for people who have a background in litigation support, including paralegals, legal assistants, and in-house legal IT professionals.

Program Details

Pathway: Information Technology

More information on this Pathway.

Students may start this program Fall semester

Program Graduation Requirements

To earn an E-Discovery Certificate, a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 18

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$193.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books (approximate) 325 300 300
Supplies 50 50 50

Approximate total cost for the program: 4,549**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.


What Kind of Work Will You Do?

The E-Discovery Certificate is designed for students who would like to obtain knowledge in proper techniques and methods of identifying, preserving, culling, processing and producing relevant and responsive data in a litigation matter. This program will give students the knowledge and skills to perform the following jobs:

  • Litigation Support/E-Discovery Specialist
  • Technical Legal Assistant/Paralegal
  • E-Discovery Consultant

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Aptitude and interest in computer and mobile technologies
  • Very detail oriented to manage multiple steps and multiple case
  • Strong Organizational skills to manage large datasets
  • Reasoning and common Sense
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
  • People and communications skills

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

Professionals in the E-Discovery will be responsible for vast amounts of data and must be able to manage multiple cases quickly, efficiently and with a high degree of accuracy. The material is often highly confidentially and must be handled in the most secure manner. Digital evidence may also involve emotionally disturbing visual material and can potential lead to addiction to pornographic images.

Program Competencies

  1. Identify potentially relevant digital/electronic evidence
  2. Collect and preserve the identified evidence in manner acceptable for judicial proceedings
  3. Parse the data to the relevant material
  4. Produce data to clients, litigation parties or the courts in reasonable manner.


Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Executive Campus Dean’s office, the Executive Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at Academic Pathway website.(2024)

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