Online Graduate Certificate in Emerging Technologies and Law

Online Graduate Certificate in Emerging Technologies and Law

POSTGRADUATE

Learn to drive innovative legal practices and develop the skills, knowledge and confidence required to provide legal guidance in the digital age.

Student type:
Mode of study:
Online
Entry score:

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Duration:
Part-time 1 year or 6 months accelerated
Fees:

AU$3,960 per course (2022 annual)

Next intake:
July, October
Location:
Online
Mode of study:
Online
Entry score:

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Duration:
Part-time 1 year or 6 months accelerated
Fees:

AU$3,960 per course (2022 annual)

Next intake:
July, October
Location:
Online

Overview

Digital disruption and the emergence of new technologies are creating unforeseen issues and opportunities for law, regulation and public policy.

Throughout this course you will learn the legal and regulatory impacts of cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchain and their implication for data, security and privacy. You will also learn how to drive innovation in client services by using emerging technologies to find efficiencies in your practice. 

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Advance your skills to succeed tomorrow

The Graduate Certificate of Emerging Technologies and Law is Australia’s first dedicated postgraduate qualification that empowers legal professionals to deal with the radical change of digital disruption in the law and policy.

Develop real world skills

Level up your skills with an accreditation from a world-leading university of technology and design.

What you will study

Upskill in the law, regulation and public policy that surrounds rapidly evolving technologies and technological innovation. Earn a postgraduate qualification from a world-leading university that is backed by industry. 

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Your online experience

The 100% online degree delivers a convenient online program without the requirement for on-campus attendance and commitments. All lecture material and content is delivered directly to you, wherever you are.

Australian Student Visas

RMIT's online Graduate Certificate does not meet Australian student visa requirements. For an Australian student visa, you must have an on-campus place in a program of study.

Details

Gain industry knowledge and learn with the best

RMIT’s focus on industry-based, practical learning has seen our law programs ranked #1 in Victoria for skills development and among the top 10 for employer reputation in Australia. Throughout this program, you’ll grapple with topics such as data, security and privacy, the societal and regulatory impacts of Artificial Intelligence and blockchain, and legal service delivery with emerging technologies.

Learn from leading industry experts.

Connect with and learn from academic and industry leaders. We combine the forces of a leading technology university with high profile industry partners to ensure you’re learning practical skills that can be immediately applied at work.

We have state-of-the-art online communication and collaboration tools as part of our learning environment, meaning the opportunity for you to communicate with your classmates and tutors and make meaningful professional networks can be higher in our online program.

You will also have access to discussion boards, online forums, electronic assignment submission, the library and business journals.

Assessment is ongoing throughout the teaching period and is entirely project based, so students graduate with an employer ready portfolio. 

The driving force behind our program is the industry connections you’ll make while studying. 

Learn from renowned academics and industry leaders, including Hall & Wilcox and Atticus.

Our courses use authentic tools and templates, refer to best-practice and industry standards, and contain real-world case studies, examples and problems. When you graduate, not only will you be ready for the next step in your career, but you will have already been applying your new knowledge in your workplace.

1 year part-time, 10 weeks per course, 12 hours per week.

This program will equip you with analytical skills to assess the capabilities and limitations of the latest emerging technologies and determine the ways they intersect with current law and policy.

Understand the privacy implications around the ways data is collected, stored, used and shared. Learn the skills and knowledge to provide guidance, create legal frameworks, and give recommendations for policy formation to manage and adopt emerging technologies, knowledge transferrable to between legal and policy contexts. Assess new technologies in order to develop new tools and process to drive innovation within a business or organisation.

Core courses

  • Law and Policy for Emerging Technologies
  • Data and Privacy in the Digital Age
  • Legal Innovation Practice
  • Developing Blockchain Strategy + Cyber Security Risk and Governance
    OR
  • Developing AI Strategy + Cyber Security Risk and Governance 

For more information about these courses, download our program brochure.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this program, you will be able to: 

  1. Provide advice and/or recommendations for policy formation by analysing the limitations, capabilities and the ways emerging technologies interact with society, current law, regulation, and policy frameworks.
  2. Discuss the ways emerging technologies intersect with and affect society, the law, regulation, and policy frameworks with various audiences.
  3. Formulate policies and legal frameworks for adopting or managing emerging technologies that are logical, ethical, sustainable, socially responsible, and comply with relevant legislation and regulations.
  4. Devise recommendations for data security, access, sharing and storage policies and frameworks that consider key principles of Australian and international privacy law.
  5. Utilise tools and approaches developed from continuously evaluating technological and societal trends to support team, self and clients in adopting emerging technologies.

Career

RMIT’s intensive online programs prepare you for greater career success while you continue to work full-time.

This program will equip you with the tools and education to navigate the complex ethical, legal and social implications of new technologies. Project based assessments and best-practice from our industry partners will enable you to have an immediate impact on your workplace, legal practice and client services, or equip you to move into the tech space.

Admissions

An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent, or higher-level qualification, in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution

If you do not meet the above entry requirement for the Graduate Certificate you may be considered if you have a minimum of 5 years full-time equivalent work experience in the fields of law, policy or technology. Applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV).

An Australian bachelor's qualification or equivalent overseas qualification in a relevant field, or have undertaken a minimum of 5 years’ professional, full-time work experience.

To have professional experience considered, you must include in your application

  • a CV
  • a personal statement that details your experience

To study this course you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

Learn more about if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Fees

2022 tuition fees:

  • AU$3,960 per course
  • Total AU$15,840 for four courses.

Fees apply to 2022 only.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF) based on your enrolment load, which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. Eligible local students can apply for an SA-HELP loan to defer payment of their SSAF.

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

Some students may be eligible to apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme. 

Visit our HELP loans page for lots of useful information about eligibility, how to apply and payment. You can apply for FEE-HELP once you have enrolled in a program.

HELP loans are not available to international students.

2022 tuition fees:

  • AU$3,960 per course
  • Total AU$15,840 for four courses.

Fees apply to 2022 only.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF) based on your enrolment load, which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. Eligible local students can apply for an SA-HELP loan to defer payment of their SSAF.

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

Use our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the application process and its equity access schemes, find out how to accept or defer your offer or request a leave of absence, discover information about your fees, refunds and scholarships, and explore the various student support and advocacy services, as well as how to find out more about your preferred program, and more.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.