Graduate Certificate in Emerging Technologies and Law
Tackle radical changes to law in the digital age
Co-created with leading Australian law and technology firms, this is the qualification for legal professionals dealing with digital disruption. Develop strategies to deal with blockchain or AI. Prepare for data breaches. Drive innovative legal practice.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
- 31 Oct 21
Australia's largest dual-sector institute, offering both TAFE and higher education, RMIT University proudly delivers work-related education and practical research relevant to current business and community needs. More than 60,000 students study with RMIT, and many of their degrees are available through Open Universities Australia.
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- The 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
The first postgraduate accreditation of its kind in Australia, this program empowers legal professionals to deal with the radical change of digital disruption in the law and policy. Designed in partnership with industry for real world insights, you will grapple with topics such as data, security and privacy, the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain, and learn how to drive innovative legal service delivery in your workplace and for your clients.
Graduate with a globally recognised degree from a leading Australian university.
An Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in law or policy, or a higher-level qualification that has had at least one unit in legal studies.
Work and Life
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 in law or policy. You may also be eligible if you have five years' work full-time work experience in a technology or business function role that interfaces with law or policy. You will need to submit a curriculum vitae (CV).
English Proficiency Requirements
English Language Requirements
International students are required to provide current evidence of English language proficiency for admission to RMIT University. You can provide your results from one of these three options:
1. An accepted English language proficiency test, or
2. An accepted English language provider, or
3. A recognised Australian or international qualification.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit the English language requirements and equivalency information.
Australian Student Visas
RMIT’s Online Graduate Certificate in Emerging Technologies and Law 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 rmit.edu.au.
Learn to drive innovative legal practices and develop the skills, knowledge and confidence required to provide legal guidance in the digital age.
Recommended Study Pattern
We recommend that you complete the courses in this program in the following order:
- Data and Privacy in the Digital Age
- Innovative Legal Practice
- Law and Policy for Emerging Technologies
- Future Skills elective bundle (a combination of two Future Skills short courses)
Choose your subjects
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.
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.
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.
For this course, choose one of the following Future Skills elective bundles:
Bundle 1: Developing AI Strategy and Cyber Security Risk and Governance
The Developing Artificial Intelligence Strategy component will equip you with a deep understanding of AI and effective strategies, frameworks and approaches to navigate this emerging technology area its applications within organisations and society. The Cyber Security Risk and Governance component will expose you to the importance of cyber security and the theory and practices of good governance.
Bundle 2: Developing Blockchain Strategy and Cyber Security Risk and Governance
The Developing Blockchain Strategy component will equip you with a deep understanding of blockchain technology and its applications through a societal lens. The Cyber Security Risk and Governance component will expose you to the importance of cyber security amidst our landscape of rapidly emerging technologies, and the theory and practices of good governance.