• Electronic Discovery Specialist Job Description

    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:

    • provide technical support and assistance to the client and the legal team
    • assist in the identification of electronic data relevant for a legal case
    • collect and preserve electronic data
    • analyze and process electronically stored information
    • help prepare interrogatories and depositions
    • stay updated on new computer technologies
  • Where does an Electronic Discovery Specialist work?
  • 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 Electronic 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.

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  • Specializations
  • Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

    Electronic discovery specialists need to have:

    • patience
    • adaptability
    • creativity
    • determination
    • integrity and reliability
    • self-motivation
    • good judgment and decision making skills
    • technical and computer skills
    • time management and organizational skills
    • leadership skills
    • analytical and problem solving skills
    • the ability to communicate effectively
    • the ability to work well under pressure
    • the ability to keep information private
    • the ability to concentrate for long periods
    • the ability to keep up with current technological trends
    • knowledge of legal processes
    • knowledge of electronic discovery law and practice
    • knowledge of SQL language
    • knowledge of electronic record management systems


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