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Graduate Certificate of Digital Law

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Understand emerging technologies through a legal lens.

Meet the legal challenges of an online world

As our lives move progressively online, legal practitioners must keep up with issues posed by emerging technologies. The Graduate Certificate of Digital Law will provide you with an introduction to the legal and ethical implications of the digital environment and equip you with skills needed by organisations in an increasingly borderless world. 

Future-proof your legal career by choosing from five specialist electives that explore some of the most pressing legal issues of the moment: privacy, AI, cybercrime, human rights and the digital workplace. 

What you will learn 
  • Law in a digital world
    Explore the ways in which the legal system is adapting to an increasingly digital world. 
  • Ethics, policy and governance
    Develop a nuanced understanding of the legal consequences that accompany emerging technologies.
  • Digital technology
    Acquire a thorough understanding of the digital revolution in the 21st century. 
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Our worldwide Law rankings

Dedicated to academic excellence, Monash University has achieved international recognition and renown in its Law courses.
# 2
ARWU Global Ranking by Subject
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THE World University Rankings by Subject

This course comprises four units of study, in which you will be introduced to legal processes and principles as they apply in a digital context. Students who have previously studied law may enter the course at six points throughout the year, and will not be required to complete the introductory unit ‘Foundations of law in the digital world’. Students without a law background will complete the introductory unit and may only enter the course in March, July or October.

Need further clarification about our online course structure?

You can submit an enquiry directly to our student consultants by using the form listed on our contact us page. You’ll have the opportunity to schedule a call if you’d like to receive further information.

You must complete the following units.

Foundations of law in the digital world

Dimensions of digital technology

Ethics, policy and governance

You must complete one of the following units.

Fundamentals of privacy law

Law in the age of AI


Technology, justice and human rights

Issues in the digital workplace

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

An Australian bachelor’s degree, or equivalent qualification approved by the faculty.

English requirements

Applicants must meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements apply for admission to Monash University Australia.

If you need help understanding the above entry requirements, reach out to our student consultants on our contact us page and schedule a booking for a chat.

For the Graduate Certificate of Digital Law, the estimated cost is $4,912.50 per unit. You may be eligible to receive a FEE-HELP loan to cover part or all of your tuition. Fees are subject to change annually.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Looking for clarification on fees or scholarships?

Enquire with our student consultants and schedule a call to get your questions answered.

Digital law online at Monash

Your course content has been designed by a group of industry-leading academics within the highly prestigious Monash Faculty of Law. This course is ideally suited to those in industries such as information technology, government and medical health, or for those looking to make a shift into these fields. 

Looking to broaden your learning? The Graduate Certificate of Digital Law may provide a pathway into the Graduate Diploma of Digital Law or the Master of Digital Law .

Meet your academic team

Maria O’Sullivan

Maria O’Sullivan is is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and a member of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. Her current projects focus on automation, artificial intelligence and government decision making. She has been published The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and The Conversation.

Rachel Kessel

Rachel Kessel is a Legal Tech and Design Fellow at the Australian Centre for Justice and Innovation. Her primary research is in human rights law, entrepreneurship and digital transformation. Rachel completed a Master of Education, specialising in human-centred design and digital technologies.

Dr Tyrone Berger

Tyrone Berger is a leading commentator on intellectual property law. He is a frequent contributor to academic journals and has presented his research internationally. He has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Juris Doctor, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and PhD of Philosophy.

My OLA is an experienced IP Lawyer who has led technology and learning programs at a national law firm. Getting to hear from her firsthand experience in class has been very valuable.

Joyce Zhuo

Digital Law Graduate

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Industry insights

Ready yourself for a dynamic legal career, working across the legal fields currently navigating the crossroads between technology and the legal system. Fields such as:  

  • cybercrime 
  • intellectual property law 
  • privacy law 
  • immigration law.
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Digital law specialists
are invaluable across the legal profession.

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Digital law is emerging as an essential field of expertise within the broader legal profession, as the technological revolution continues gather pace.

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$130,000 is the most common annual salary for a lawyer in Victoria.

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