Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
PL 230
Course Title:
Litigation II
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Course Description

Introduces and covers E-Discovery, the E-Discovery Reference Model ("EDRM") and the software used in law firms for document review. Covers current trends in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, social media and cloud computing discovery issues and the practical application of these rules. PC and Mac formats will be covered. Prerequisites: PL 101, PL 105, and PL 130. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  1. Utilize E-Discovery vocabulary
  2. Utilize Document Review platforms and applications
  3. Create E-Discovery Case protocol
  4. Utilize E-Discovery collection processes, including chain of custody
  5. Apply Sedona Conference legal standards related to E-Discovery and apply EDRM to case processes

Course Activities and Design

  • Classroom lecture and discussion
  • Videos
  • Video tutorials
  • On-line learning tutorials
  • Group projects
  • Hands on applications

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Quizzes and exams
  • Essay Questions
  • Research projects
  • Research questions
  • On line exercises

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Addresses specific topics and issues a paralegal might encounter working in progressive litigation practice where electronic data is critical to the resolution of cases.
  • Assists paralegal students learning how to manage electronic discovery and how to manage paper and electronic integration issues.
  • Provides a new paralegal history and context regarding the evolution of E-Discovery under the federal rules from 2006 to present. Provides paralegal students with hands on use of industry standard E-Discovery platforms, including interactive assignments.
  • Learning includes familiarity with metadata, sanctions and ethics.