November 16, 2018 Articles

Information Law, Career Counseling, and Certifications

When you go through a credentialing process and come out the other side, you have become one of a select few.

By James A. Sherer

There are plenty of panels on the topic of certifications and credentialing for e-discovery, data privacy, and information governance practitioners. But these presentations are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to the countless discussions between and among attorneys, litigation support professionals, and others working in the broad category of information law.

One common question is whether a particular practitioner should pursue either an identified certification or, where more than one is offered by a particular organization, which certification will hold the most value if pursued. The best lawyer answer is, of course, “it depends.” Context is always required.

Instead of this specific question, though, a general approach—one that takes into account both the individual asking the question and the current information law certification landscape—is more useful. This approach considers the factors discussed below.

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