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Graduate Certificate in Emerging Technologies and Law

Australia’s first dedicated postgraduate qualification that empowers legal professionals to deal with the radical change of digital disruption in the law and policy. Learn to drive innovative legal practices and develop the skills, knowledge and confidence required to provide legal guidance in the digital age.


Please use plan code GC174O in the application system for this program. 

Applications close

27 Jun 2022

Future intakes
Jul 2022|Oct 2022
Number of courses
12 months (6 months accelerated)

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Program Overview

What you learn

  • Ethical and societal impacts of emerging technologies 
  • Legal and policy frameworks for adopting emerging technologies 
  • How to manage data security and privacy risk 
  • Blockchain applications in the legal sphere 
  • Cyber security risk management and governance 
  • Legal AI and automation governance  
  • Tools to support your clients and workplace to adopt emerging technologies 

What you create

  • Data breach legal and policy response plan 
  • Customer needs report of legal, ethical & regulatory considerations 
  • Blockchain strategy 
  • Cyber security risk management and governance plan 
  • Blockchain, AI and machine learning strategies 
  • Comparative analysis of emerging technology law and regulations 

Graduate Certificate in Emerging Technologies and Law


Law and Policy for Emerging Technologies

Examine the emergence of new technologies and business models over the past decade and the impact that they have had on society, ethics, law, regulation and policy. You’ll study technology trends, analyse how legaltech has disrupted traditional frameworks, and study the theories of ‘fit-for-purpose’ regulation. Ultimately, you’ll be equipped with the skills to develop policy that can keep pace with technological change. 

Data and Privacy in the Digital Age

Develop an advanced understanding of the key principles of Australian and international privacy laws, particularly the value of personal and commercial data. You’ll look at the legal obligations around data collection, storage and use, along with the proper procedures following a data breach. We’ll also analyse emerging data protection technology and its relevant regulatory implications.

Innovative Legal Practice

In this course you will analyse emerging technologies in the workplace, and learn creative and strategic approaches to drive innovative legal practice and client services. You’ll undertake the process of customer discovery to understand the organisational issues that clients and workplaces face, and identify innovative technology solutions to address these needs. You’ll also prepare a recommendation report to advise senior management of proposed technological solutions, including delivery and implementation

Future Skills Elective

Future Skills are up-to-the-minute, industry led-modules that focus on emerging capability areas for legal practitioners. You can choose one of the following RMIT Online Future Skills electives to add to your learning experience. You will choose from:

Learn with industry experts

Aaron Lane
Aaron Lane Associate Lecturer, RMIT

Aaron Lane is a Lecturer at RMIT University’s Graduate School of Business and Law, and is affiliated with the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub (the world’s first social science research centre into the economics, politics, sociology, and law of blockchain technology). Aaron was admitted to practice in 2012 and practiced in

Dr Daniel Hochstrasser
Dr Daniel HochstrasserProgram Manager, RMIT

Dr Daniel Hochstrasser is the Program Manager and Course Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Emerging Technologies and Law. Daniel currently teaches Discrimination Law and Commercial Law and is course coordinator for Evidence Law in the RMIT Graduate School of Business and Law. In addition to his teaching experience, Daniel

Joyce Seitzinger
Joyce Seitzinger Learning Design Director, RMIT Online

With over 19 years experience in learning design both domestically and internationally, Joyce has a passion for building dynamic, engaging and world-class learning experiences

Jennifer Morinaka
Jennifer Morinaka Student Success Advisor

Our student success advisors are your first point of contact for non-academic support. To ensure that you have a valuable experience with RMIT Online, they’re here to assist you with one-to-one coaching, tips on how to successfully study online, free study resources, and access to RMIT services (such as counselling

Why choose RMIT Online

Get a world-class education and transform your career.

Real world skills

Develop skills that have been validated by industry, while getting credentialed by a world-leading university.

Industry connected

You'll gain knowledge and practical skills from renowned industry partners who are at the forefront of their field.

Flexible delivery

Advance your career while you study. RMIT Online courses let you balance work, study and life commitments.

Supported community

Be guided by a network of industry experts and peers, and supported by our dedicated success team.

Entry requirements

There are some pre-requisites for this course. You’ll need: 

  • An Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent).

  • If you do not have a Bachelor degree or equivalent, you will still be considered if you have five years’ full-time work experience in the fields of law, policy, or technology. You will need to submit a curriculum vitae (CV). 

English language

International students are required to provide current evidence of English language proficiency for admission to RMIT University. For detailed information visit the English language requirements and equivalency information.

Australian Student Visas

This program does not meet Australian student visa requirements. For an Australian student visa, you must have an on-campus place in a program of study. For more details on RMIT’s on-campus programs visit

Credit Pathways 

At RMIT Online, we're committed to supporting your lifelong learning journey. Our flexible learning pathways can be tailored to align with your individual educational goals. Some of our Future Skills short courses, when taken in certain combinations, are eligible for credit in the Graduate Certificate in Emerging Technologies and Law. 

For a full list of the two-course Future Skills combinations and eligibility, please refer here. To be eligible for a credit transfer, you will also need to meet this program’s entry requirements. The Future Skills course must be a current credential or completed within the last 10 years. Individual Future Skills courses are not recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).   


3960per course^

Program total: 15840 (all 4 courses)*^FEE-HELP and other support may be available
* Plus a capped Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) based on your credit point enrolment load.
^ Fees typically increase each year and may change without notice. Total fees are estimates and should only be used as a guide.

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