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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.

Number of courses



12 months (6 months accelerated)

Next intake

07 Oct 201906 Jan 202006 Apr 2020

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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


Program Courses

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:

Developing Blockchain Strategy + Cyber Security Risk and Governance


Developing AI Strategy + Cyber Security Risk and Governance

Entry requirements

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

  • An Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent), or a higher-level qualification in a related discipline. 

  • If you don’t have a Bachelor degree or equivalent, you’ll still be considered if you have five years’ relevant full-time work experience. 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


$3,840per course

Program total: $15,360 (all 4 courses)FEE-HELP and other support may be available

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