Graduate Diploma of Digital Law
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Prepare to face the unique legal issues that arise in a borderless, digital world.
Get ready for the legal challenges of the future, today
The internet has shifted the world in which we operate, and legal practitioners must continue to upskill to prepare for the challenges of the future. The Graduate Diploma of Digital Law is the perfect opportunity for law graduates and those working in closely associated industries to gain expertise in this increasingly essential area of legal knowledge.
With a focus on the impact of digital innovation on law, this degree will allow you to stay up-to-date with emerging legal and ethical issues. You’ll gain an understanding of data ownership and the ethical considerations behind the configuration of new technologies.
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.
2024 COURSE STRUCTURE UPDATES: Some of the Graduate Diploma of Digital Law core units and elective units have changed for 2024. Learn more about the 2024 course structure changes.
The course comprises 8 units structured in two parts: Part A. Core legal study and Part B. Advanced legal knowledge. 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.
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Part A. Core legal study: 3 units
In these units, you will be introduced to legal processes and principles as they apply in a digital context. You must complete the following three units.
Foundations of law in the digital world
Dimensions of digital technology
Ethics, policy and governance
Part B. Advanced legal knowledge: 5 units
In these studies, you will develop advanced knowledge in digital law across a range of areas including criminal law, human rights law, and workplace and employment law. You must complete five of the following units, or four of the following units plus a Level 5 elective from the Monash online programs.
Fundamentals of privacy law
Law in the age of AI
Technology, justice and human rights
Issues in the digital workplace
Entry level 1: 48 points to complete
Duration: 1.4 years part-time
An Australian bachelor degree, with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 60, or equivalent approved by the faculty.
Entry level 2: 24 points to complete
Duration: 0.7 years part-time
A Monash Graduate Certificate of Digital Law with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60.
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 Diploma of Digital Law, the estimated cost is $4912.50 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.
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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 Diploma of Digital Law may provide a pathway into the Master of Digital Law.
Meet your academic team
Associate Professor Janice Richardson
Janice Richardson is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. Her research lies at the intersection between law and political and feminist theory. She worked as a solicitor very early in her career, then moved into academia and completed her PhD in philosophy.
Online Unit Coordinator
Paul Burgess is a Senior Lecturer with a background in research and teaching in Australia. He is the Deputy-Director of Monash University’s Digital Law Group and is a passionate educator in the fields of public law and in fields related to the intersection of law and technology.
Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law
Professor Melissa Castan is the Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, at the Faculty of Law, Monash University.
Her research and teaching addresses issues of public law, human rights law, Indigenous legal issues and legal education. She leads educational programs in these areas at all levels of university education.
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.
Master of Digital Law
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:
- intellectual property law
- privacy law
- immigration law.
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Studying online, the Monash way
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Support seven days a week
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Equipped for career success
You’ll graduate as an in-demand employee, ready to take the next step in your career.
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