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What is an Electronic Discovery Specialist?

An electronic discovery specialist is a person whose job is to identify, collect, preserve, produce and analyze electronic data for use in a legal case. Their tasks may be carried out offline on an individual computer or in a computer network, and may involve hacking, court ordered hacking, for which the sole purpose is to obtain evidence for a legal case.

An electronic discovery specialist should be inquisitive, observant, quick-witted, patient, meticulous and diligent, and have the ability to organize, plan and prioritize workload. They should have self learning skills and a good understanding of the management, retrieval and use of electronically stored information.

What does an Electronic Discovery Specialist do?

Electronic discovery specialists may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Electronic discovery specialists usually work normal office hours, but may sometimes work overtime and weekends to meet deadlines. They work in offices and courtrooms.

What is Required to Become an E-Discovery Specialist?

To become an e-discovery specialist, you need to have a degree in a technology related field such as computer science or information management, or a degree in a law related discipline such as paralegal studies with additional training in IT or a firm background in technology.


Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Electronic discovery specialists need to have:



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