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Master of Digital Law

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20-24 hours per week

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12

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Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Aug, Oct

Face the legal challenges of the digital age.

The legal skills needed in a borderless world 

The Master of Digital Law is your way into a rapidly emerging legal specialisation. Set yourself up for the future with knowledge of the technology-related legal issues that are rapidly transforming our society.  

This degree is a unique opportunity for students of all industry backgrounds to upskill in a legal specialisation that is key to our dynamic digital world. As new technologies present industries with new challenges, this degree will allow you to tackle these issues with authority. 

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 the legal consequences that accompany emerging technologies.
  • Global professional 
    Gain the skills you need to operate as a global professional in a transnational context. 

The course comprises 72 points structured into three parts: Part A. Core legal study, Part B. Advanced legal knowledge, and Part C. Specialist legal applications. 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: 4 units (24 credit points)

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 four of the following units, or three 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

The focus of these units is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You must complete four of the following units.

Blockchain, digital security and the law

Digital dimensions of intellectual property

Privacy and surveillance in an information age

Online dispute resolution and the future of justice

The global professional

Entry level 1: 72 points to complete

Duration: two years part-time

An Australian bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline with at least a credit (60 per cent) average, or equivalent qualification approved by the faculty, or an Australian bachelor’s degree with at least a credit (60 per cent) average, plus two years relevant work experience.

Entry level 2: 48 points to complete

Duration: 1.4 years part-time

An Australian Graduate Certificate of Digital Law, or an Australian bachelor honours degree (or equivalent as determined by the faculty) in a cognate discipline, with at least a credit (60 per cent) average.

Entry level 3: 24 points to complete

Duration: 0.7 year part-time

A Monash University Graduate Diploma of Digital Law.

English requirements

Applicants must meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements apply for admission to Monash University Australia.

For the Master 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

When you study the Master of Digital Law online through Monash, you’ll join a faculty with a prestigious history founded in research that has a demonstrated positive influence in law reform and policy development. 

You’ll study foundational law units that emphasise the impact of digital technologies and deep dive into specific technology-related aspects of the law that continue to shape our society. Graduate with skills you can immediately apply to your current role, as well as the confidence to tackle the big issues of the future.

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. 

Digital law specialists
are invaluable across the legal profession.

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

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

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