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Anyone CIPP (Certified Information Privacy Professional) Certified?

Seen another thread in the Inhouse section, but thought I'd lawyer208/01/17
I am CIPP/US certified and a member of IAPP. I obtained my c ejs201708/02/17
Great info, thank you for the input! Did they happen to lawyer208/02/17
I got the tests through the IAPP. There are also some sites ejs201708/02/17
I've also looked into this because it seems to be one of the spaghetti08/02/17
I'd love to work in this area of law. Sadly I'm a family and thirdtierlaw08/02/17
I think this, along with other areas of technology related l lawyer208/02/17
This article puts things into perspective about where legal lawyer208/03/17
I think it has more value for consultants than lawyers. I've phillydoucherocket08/03/17
lawyer2 (Aug 1, 2017 - 1:39 pm)

Seen another thread in the Inhouse section, but thought I'd ask here.
Anyone do self-study and pass this exam? I'm not necessarily looking to primarily specialize in Data Privacy/Security, but have it in my wheelhouse and thinking about getting certified to bolster my overall technology law experience portfolio. The test alone is $550 The course offered by IAPP is about $1500 but I heard it's not very good.

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ejs2017 (Aug 2, 2017 - 4:52 pm)

I am CIPP/US certified and a member of IAPP. I obtained my certification in March.

I registered for the course materials through the IAPP. I figured if I was going to take the plunge I might as well go in all the way.

I found the books to be very helpful. The books deal with general data protection and information privacy concepts with a separate one that focuses on U.S. private-sector policy. The class they offered was essentially a distillation of the materials in the book. It wasn't bad but you can probably get by with the books alone if you're gifted that way.

I took the test and passed it the first time. It really came down to rote memorization of the rules and the concepts. I obtained practice tests and I took studying pretty seriously. I found the test to be manageable. I joined the IAPP and I have found their resources to be pretty extensive.

I obtained the certification for the same reasons that you cite, i.e., to add it to my credentials in the interest of expanding my practice focus. I've been trying to develop a niche in this area along with a cyber law practice. I'm a 'geek' and have been taking classes on the side on Cyber Law and Cyber Security just to expand my knowledge base. My firm is a large business/ID firm but the opportunities haven't quite presented themselves.

I've noticed that the vast majority of opportunities for lawyers with CIPP certification are in Washington DC, New York and in California. I'm in Michigan. The opportunities so far have been pretty limited here. I'd love to specialize in that area since I'm pretty burned out on routine business and ID issues.

I've applied to a few opportunities but have not gotten any traction. That said, for the reasons that lawyer2 articulated I don't think it would hurt to get the certification. Anything that distinguishes you from others has to help, especially in this market.

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lawyer2 (Aug 2, 2017 - 5:26 pm)

Great info, thank you for the input!

Did they happen to explain what will change after August 2017? I'm told the tests will change so I'm hesitant to purchase the book for self-study if it will no longer be relevant.

Where did you get access to practice tests?

Similarly, I have seen quite a few attorney positions wanting a CIPP cert in the geographical areas you mentioned. I have no problem relocating.

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ejs2017 (Aug 2, 2017 - 7:00 pm)

I got the tests through the IAPP. There are also some sites out there with dedicated study materials. There was one with flashcards someone made. I was somewhat shocked but they were helpful. Just do a Google search. If I can find links I'll supplement my response.

I wasn't aware of any major change in August except for some proposed legislation around the internet-of-things and COPPA but I may have missed it. The IAPP is pretty comprehensive so I am confident that anything that you get through them will be current. Check out the site if you haven't already. https://iapp.org/

I'm pretty much stuck geographically but if you have the freedom I am confident that you can land something once you get the certification. Michigan's tech economy is growing so I hope things will start to open up for me. I'm not real optimistic about using my CIPP certification where I am now.

Shoot me back a message. I'm happy to help you out anyway that I can.

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spaghetti (Aug 2, 2017 - 1:35 am)

I've also looked into this because it seems to be one of the only post-JD certificates that anyone cares about, especially for in-house jobs.

I looked into it somewhat extensively about a year ago and I recall there is some book that everyone agrees is all you need to self-study. The test is apparently somewhat difficult, so it requires a decent amount of work.

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thirdtierlaw (Aug 2, 2017 - 11:50 am)

I'd love to work in this area of law. Sadly I'm a family and criminal law litigator, do you think this certificate would be enough to at least get my Resume past H.R.?

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lawyer2 (Aug 2, 2017 - 12:24 pm)

I think this, along with other areas of technology related law will future proof your legal career. I was just admitted to the bar, but have over 15 years IT experience and currently work as the IT Director for a mid-size firm.
I would say, start delving into it, join the technology committee with your State Bar and reach out to folks practicing in this area.

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lawyer2 (Aug 3, 2017 - 12:19 pm)

This article puts things into perspective about where legal technology jobs are headed . . .

http://www.slaw.ca/2017/01/02/the-5-technology-trends-lawyers-should-pay-attention-to-in-2017-and-beyond/

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phillydoucherocket (Aug 3, 2017 - 6:14 pm)

I think it has more value for consultants than lawyers. I've seen quite a few cybersecurity and risk management consulting firms offer privacy reg prep engagements such as "Get ready for GDPR". All their displayed consultants had the certs.

I'm wondering why law firms aren't pitching this kind of work to compete.

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