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Graduate Diploma of Digital Law

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20-24 hours per week

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8

Intakes

Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Aug, Oct

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. 

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 and may only enter the course in March, July or October.

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, plus one elective unit chosen from Part B.

Foundations of law in the digital world

Dimensions of digital technology

Ethics, policy and governance

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

Cybercrime

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.

English requirements

Applicants must meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements apply for admission to Monash University Australia.

For the Graduate Diploma of Digital Law, the estimated cost is $4500.00 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.

Scholarships

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.

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 Master of Digital Law through Monash Online. 

Meet your academic team

Maria O’Sullivan

Maria O’Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer 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.

Monash has propelled my career to new heights I never thought possible.

Sarah

Monash Online student

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. 

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

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

Digital law specialists are invaluable across the legal profession.

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