“To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology, engage in continuing study and education and comply with all continuing legal education requirements to which the lawyer is subject.”

Comment 8 to Rule 1.1 on Competence
American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct

The Electronic Discovery Institute’s (EDI) Distance Learning Initiative is an online, educational endeavor designed to engage practitioners and students to meet their ethical obligation of maintaining requisite knowledge and skill in the ever-evolving world of legal technology. EDI’s curated, interview-style course-curriculum provides users with a structured learning platform that leverages technology to make its research and scholarship accessible to those unable to attend in-person lectures.


Develop new skills and build expertise in discovery to update your professional profile, advance your career or broaden your knowledge base. EDI and its faculty will award practitioners that complete the full EDI Distance Learning curriculum with the distinguished Certificate in Discovery Practice. Certificate candidates will be required to:

  • Complete and pass (70%) 40 core curriculum courses. All 40 are available now.
  • Complete an 800 word publishable article about a related discovery topic. The article will be peer reviewed by EDI faculty and possibly published in the EDI Journal.
  • Complete an online declaration and meet identification requirements attesting to the completion of the courses.
  • Complete and pass (70%) at least two 60-minute elective programs annually to maintain “current” status.


This program offers unprecedented access to a diverse and distinguished faculty of more than 100 of the nation’s leading judges, attorneys, information management professionals, technology experts and litigation support professionals. Each course harnesses the depth and range of the faculty’s expertise to offer instruction that is both unique and comprehensive.


EDI believes that leading education and training should be accessible to practitioners without hefty travel requirements and CLE registration funds. Modern legal practice requires an understanding of the entire spectrum of practice in legal technology, data security and information law. No student should suffer financial burden to gain access to such knowledge. As such, affordability is one of the core principles that drives EDI’s Distance Learning Initiative. A near-zero registration fee provides a year’s access to the 40 core courses, the course materials and selection of elective courses.