Welcome to Lawshelf’s video-course on E-discovery. This course offers a cutting-edge look into the legal and technological factors that impact the electronic discovery process in civil litigation. This is an intermediate-level course and we recommend that you first watch our video-course on Discovery in Civil Litigation. However, we have prepared the course so that it should be accessi ble even to people with little understanding of the technologies involved.

The course starts with an introduction to the nature of e-discovery and the phenomenon of electronically stored information (which almost all information today is). We will look at how the rules of discovery are applied to ESI.

In the second module, we’ll focus on how ESI is stored and retrieved. We’ll present the basics of the technology involved and introduce the “proportionality” rule that governs discovery of ESI. We’ll also survey the types of ESI storage and the challenges unique to each one.

Module 3 focuses on retrieval of data and the limitations on that process. We’ll discuss legal and ethical limitations such as privilege. We’ll also discuss the manner in which retrieval processes are negotiated and planned between the parties and the processes by which information is searched and discovered.

Module 4 fleshes out the proportionality rule. This is a complex cost-benefit analysis that determines, on a case-by-case basis, how deeply databases must be searched for relevant information. The module also looks at authentication of ESI, summaries of vast quantities of information and admissibility at trial.

The final module focuses on the practical. We’ll look at the process of creating and executing e-discovery plans and how to respond to electronic discovery requests. Finally, we’ll survey the coming challenges and the future of this ever-changing field.

At the end of this course, we are confident that you will be much better prepared to participate in the E-discovery process and that you will have a firm understanding of the principal issues concerning e-discovery.

Best of luck and we welcome your feedback.

What is a video-course?

A LawShelf video-course is an in-depth series of presentations on a discreet legal topic. LawShelf video-courses focus on practical legal information and applications and are each designed to familiarize the viewer with a legal topic quickly and efficiently.

Who should take a video-course?

Our video courses are designed for professionals such as attorneys, paralegals, corporate officers and financial professionals, as well as laypeople looking to deepen their knowledge of particular areas of law. The courses allow you to acquire the specific knowledge and skills that you need without the expense and time commitment of going “back to school” for a degree. 

How do I learn?

Video courses are divided into 5 or 6 modules.  Each module contains a video lesson (usually about 15 minutes long) and a series of self-test questions that you can use to practice and make sure that you understand the material.

How do I complete a video-course?

To complete a video-course, you must pass a 10-question multiple-choice examination by scoring 70% or higher.  The questions on the exam are randomly selected from the self-test question sets for the various modules. You can retake an exam as many times as you need to, though you will not get the same questions each time since the questions are drawn from an exam bank.

How long will it take me to complete a video-course?

Between watching the modules, doing the self-test practice questions, reviewing the material and taking the final exam, we estimate that completing a video-course requires a time investment of 4-5 hours.  The courses are designed to get straight to the point. We’re cognizant that your time is valuable, and we condense the information you need to know to comprehensively cover a subject into as little time as practical.

Is there limit to how many video-courses I can take or complete?

No. A LawShelf subscription enables you to access any and all LawShelf content, including all video-courses. You can take courses as quickly or slowly as your time allows.

Do I receive any recognition for completing a video-course?

Once you complete the course by passing the final exam, you will be awarded a digital badge to display as evidence of your training and accomplishment.

How will a digital badge help me? 

Modern educational trends are moving away from traditional classroom-based course completion models and towards skills-based education. Employers today care more about skills than ever before. LawShelf digital badges conform to the Open Badge standard and are verifiable records of your skills that can easily be shared online.

How long do I retain access to the course materials?

You retain access the modules and take the final exam as long as you are a subscriber to LawShelf.


Introduction to E-Discovery- Module 1 of 5 :


Where ESI is Stored and How it is Retrieved- Module 2 of 5 :


Getting the Data from the People who Store It- Module 3 of 5 :


Proportionality and Admissibility- Module 4 of 5 :


Practical applications, challenges for the future- Module 5 of 5 :


Final Exam only needs to be taken by those seeking to earn the Digital Badge credentials for this course.