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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

13 Dec 2022

Future intakes
Jan 2023|Apr 2023
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

This course examines 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 will dissect the pressures emerging technologies place on current regulatory approaches and frameworks. Traditional approaches to regulation and policy development and key examples of current regulation will be examined. You will study a range of theories and approaches to developing fit-for-purpose regulation, and be equipped with the skills and knowledge to develop policy and regulation that can keep pace with technological change. 

Learning outcomes

  • Analyse and discuss the ethical, social and legal issues arising from the rapid uptake of emerging technologies
  • Critically examine the legal, ethical, societal and privacy concerns arising from the gap between current legal and regulatory frameworks and the capabilities of emerging technologies.
  • Evaluate and discuss the current approaches to adapting laws, policies, and regulations to meet the challenges presented by emerging technology
  • Formulate logical, adaptable and sustainable policies and legal frameworks for adopting and managing emerging technologies

Data and Privacy in the Digital Age

In this course, you will develop an advanced understanding of the key principles of Australian and international privacy laws. You will comprehend the value of personal and commercial data in an increasingly connected world and examine the obligations of organisations in relation to the collection, storage and use of customer data.

You’ll critically examine the legal, security and privacy issues that arise from the collection, storage and usage of such data and examine the response required from organisations in the event of a data breach. The ethical, social and regulatory implications of key privacy and data topics will be examined, while technology solutions for greater transparency, privacy and security will be explored.

Learning outcomes

  • Examine the value of personal data to emerging technologies and the ways personal data is constrained and protected by Australian and International law.
  • Analyse and explain the business and organisational responsibilities for the collection, access, sharing and storage of personal data under Australian and International privacy laws and regulations.
  • Critically examine the ways data collection, storage, sharing and access of emerging technologies outpaces current laws and regulations.
  • Develop ethical and sustainable legal frameworks and policies to manage the access, sharing and storage of data under Australian and key international privacy laws and regulations.
  • Recommend emerging technology solutions to improve the privacy and transparency of data use, sharing and storage.

Innovative Legal Practice

In this course, you will apply creative, strategic and customer-centric theories and approaches to formulate innovative solutions to legal and business/organisational problems. You will recognise the opportunities and limitations of emerging technologies and advocate their use in specific situations to improve functionality, quality and efficiency for clients and stakeholders.
You will adopt an innovation mindset and undertake the process of customer discovery to uncover the challenges that clients and stakeholders of legal services commonly face, and identify emerging technology solutions that address these needs. The preparation of a recommendation report will advise senior management and stakeholders of the benefits, costs and risks associated with the proposed technology solution while outlining the required delivery and implementation process.

Learning outcomes

  • Evaluate legal business or organisational functions to identify innovative opportunities for emerging technologies to improve productivity and functionality.
  • Design innovative and ethical emerging technology solutions for legal business and organisations by using human-centred design approaches and tools.
  • Formulate technological solutions and associated policies to enhance organisational processes or client services that effectively balance risk, costs, and benefits.

Elective bundle

This program's elective bundle contains  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 short courses to add to your learning experience. You will choose from:

For more information about these individual elective bundles, please refer to the program brochure. 

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).   


Full Fee*

3960 per course

15840 all 4 courses

Important information

Fees are indicative only and are subject to change each year.
FEE-HELP and Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are subject to eligibility requirements.
Plus a capped Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) based on your credit point enrolment load.

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