Welcome to the 2015 Scholarship Program! The scholarship program brings needed training and education to potential job seekers in the legal technology industry. We recommend you read the below information in its entirety before starting your application. When you are ready, click here for the application.
The 2015 program features many different options for applicants - from introductory e-discovery programs to multi-week legal project management courses to certification exam training, there is a wide range of educational options. Below, you’ll find information on our partners and the scholarships they are providing. For a quick guide to our 2015 offerings, click here.
The application process is now open and will continue through March 27, 2015, with the selection process following shortly after that. The recipients will be notified and announced on or around April 10th.
Our application is designed to get to know you better, including your work history, your job goals, your references, etc. You may want to review the application before beginning, in case you need to prepare information, such as the three references required or your resume, as you will not be able to save and return to your application. Additionally, there is one essay question. You may find it helpful to write out your answer to this essay question ahead of time and paste it into the web application, as your writing skills and thoughtfulness in the essay will be judged. The question is:
Please tell us, in your own words, why you are interested in the TRU Staffing Partners Scholarship Program. Discuss your motivation for entering or delving deeper into the e-discovery industry.
Other information you will need before beginning the application:
--Recent version of your resume
--Phone numbers and emails for three references
By applying for this scholarship, you are giving TRU permission to maintain your information in our company database and contact you directly should we have an opportunity we feel would be of professional interest to you. Additionally, please note that some of these institutions may have additional requirements or applications and any scholarship award is contingent on subsequent acceptance by those institutions into their programs.
ACEDS, the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, is the member organization for professional in the private and public sectors who work in the field of e-discovery. ACEDS is building a community of e-discovery specialists for the exchange of ideas, guidance, training and best practices, and offers e-discovery certification. ACEDS has established the field's first certification exam, a 145-question multiple choice exam that covers 15 e-discovery fields.
- Five full scholarships for the ACEDS certification package, including live training, study manual, membership to ACEDS, and certification exam with one free retake. Click here for a full description.
Document Technologies, Inc./LitWorks™:
LitWorks, a DTI company, is a leading provider of comprehensive training programs for litigation support professionals in AmLaw 200 law firms and Fortune 500 corporate legal departments, dedicated to developing and sharing best practices in the litigation support industry through a variety of consulting and training services.
- Five full scholarships in 2015 to attend their Certified Litigation Support Professional program – a five day course. Click here for a full course description.
- Three full scholarships in 2015 to attend their Certified Litigation Support Project Manager program – a three day course. Click here for a full course description.
For more information about LitWorks, please visit the DTI/Litworks site.
Georgetown University School Paralegal Studies Program:
The Georgetown University Paralegal Studies Program offers an ABA-approved certificate program and continuing legal education courses designed to help students gain the knowledge and skills required to be leaders in the highly competitive and dynamic legal industry. The offerings in the TRU Staffing Partners Scholarship Program include:
- One full scholarship to attend the Advanced Litigation & Trial Technology course – a 32 hour course. Click here for a full course description.
- One full scholarship to attend the e-Discovery course – a 32 hour course. Click here for a full course description.
- One full scholarship to attend the Legal Project Management course – a 42 hour course. Click here for a full course description.
- A 20 percent discount on any continuing legal education courses in Litigation Technology/Legal Project Management for anyone who completes a full application but is not selected for a scholarship.
For more information about the Georgetown University Paralegal Studies program, please visit the Georgetown site.
Suffolk/Flaherty Legal Tech Audit
- All semifinalists will receive a free Legal Tech Audit exam. The LTA assesses how well timekeepers and staff use basic law practice technology, such as word processing and spreadsheets, to complete commonly encountered legal tasks, incentivizing efficient legal services. Visit http://legaltechaudit.com/ for more details.
ACEDS Certification Package
Scholarship includes live training, study manual, membership to ACEDS, and certification exam with one free retake. Live training is delivered online and the exam is available year round at nearly 700 ACEDS Kryterion Testing Centers worldwide, including 350 in the US and Canada. Please note that CEDS certification requires at least 40 CEDS credits, which come from professional experience, education, training, and relevant certification. Details at http://www.aceds.org/certification/eligibility/
DTI/Litworks Certified Litigation Support Professional
Five-day course offering industry best practices learned through hands-on experience, networking with peers, and reviewing leading software tools. The course is designed for professionals with one to five years of litigation technology support experience or for litigation paralegals, document review attorneys and legal IT professionals.
DTI/Litworks Certified Litigation Support Project Manager
Three-day course that focuses on sharpening litigation support project management skills and techniques, with an eye towards building skills. Attendees receive practical resources and tools, including checklists and templates that can be immediately applied to daily work as a litigation support project manager. This course is geared towards individuals with 3-5 years of litigation technology support experience.
Georgetown University SCS Paralegal Program - Advanced Litigation & Trial Technology Course
Covers the tools and thought processes that drive the use of technology in today’s litigation landscape. You will gain hands-on experience with tools such as Forensic Toolkit, Concordance, CaseMap, and TrialDirector; but more importantly you will learn how these tools create a more efficient and effective litigation workflow. The course will include lecture, hands-on work and course projects that will enhance your learning in this exciting field. Individuals must have strong prior knowledge of how databases work.
Georgetown University SCS Paralegal Program e-Discovery course
This course introduces key e-discovery concepts that paralegals will apply in most of the matters that they support. Through a combination of lectures, hands-on classroom exercises, and written assignments, students will learn how to spot critical e-discovery issues and how to best resolve them.
Georgetown University SCS Paralegal Program Legal Project Management Course
Students will first learn Project Management Fundamentals, and Project Management Planning and Controls and then how to apply concepts to legal scenarios via case studies in Collection Plans, Production Plans, Trial Preparation Plans, and eDiscovery Program "plans“. Students will create group project plans and present them to a panel of leading Litigation Support and eDiscovery professionals. The course will satisfy the education requirement to apply for the CAPM or PMP credential.