Law study at Reykjavík University is an ambitious programme, placing high demands on students and teachers. Emphasis is placed on encouraging student initiative and public speaking and presentation training. Lectures form part of the programme as well as work sessions and seminars. Students are required to take an active part in class discussions. Study at RU Law School consists of basic study for a BA degree and graduate study for the ML degree.

The programme comprises 165 ECTS from the subject core and 15 ECTS from elective subjects. A detailed description of courses is published in the course catalogue.

The RU School of Law gives special weight to:

  • A sound jurisprudential basis and command of classical and contemporary legal theories.
  • Quality of teaching, diverse teaching methods, diverse study evaluation and quality of feedback to students.
  • Purposeful training for students in applying legal methodology.
  • Use of electronic media in the study and practice of law.
  • Encouraging students to develop independent working practices.
  • Practical project work.
  • Limiting the number of students to ensure quality services and a personal connection between students and teachers.
  • Individualised courses of study in the master's programme.
  • Diverse choice of emphases and courses of study in the master's programme.
  • Modern learning facilities.


Imalflutningskepp007nstruction in the basic study program covers all the core subjects of legal studies as well as courses in book keeping and analysis of financial statements and legal research. In the spring semesters of the first and second years, students are required to work on special projects under the direction of a supervisor.

See course catalogue for further information.

1st year Fall

2nd year Fall

3rd year Fall

1st year Spring

2nd year Spring                           

3rd year Spring

In the spring term of their third year, students are given the opportunity to specialize, to a certain degree, by a choice between elective courses*. Furthermore, they have the possibility of selecting subjects in the Schools of Business and/or Computer Science and other subjects at university level.

Learning Outcomes


Admission Requirements - Programme taught in Icelandic

Applicants for undergraduate studies at the School of Law at Reykjavík University need to have completed a matriculation examination or another comparable education, cf. Article 19 no. 63/2006 regarding universities. In exceptional cases, it is permitted to admit students who possess equivalent maturity and knowledge in the opinion of administrators at the School of Law.

In evaluating applicants, grades on matriculation examination or another comparable education are considered. Grades in Icelandic, English, a Nordic language and mathematics are especially taken into account. Different kinds of knowledge and experience, such as professional experience, participation in extracurricular activities, sports, music school and other things that might benefit applicants during their studies, can also affect the evaluation of applications. Applicants are therefore encouraged to specify everything they feel may benefit their application.

Applicants can request an interview with a representative from the School of Law if they want to introduce themselves, seek information and submit additional documents.

The Dean of the School of Law decides, in consultation with the Rector, how many applicants are accepted to undergraduate studies.

The Admissions Council at the School of Law decides which students are accepted to the School.

The undergraduate studies usually begin in the fall and is taught in Icelandic. The Dean of the School of Law can though decide, in consultation with the Rector, to accept applications to the School for the spring semester. The Dean is permitted to implement stricter application requirements for the spring semester. 

See also  Rules for BA studies at the School of Law.

Tuition Fees


For further information contact the School of Law's Administrative Director Jóna K. Kristinsdóttir at jonak@ru.is or tel. 599-6407.

Dean's List

Exceptional first-year students in undergraduate and graduate studies are awarded with a grant in their first semester.

Project based learning

Reykjavík University's School of Law has emphasised project-based learning, which aims to increase active student participation in the course of their studies and prepare them better for the job market.

The emphasis on project-based legal studies means that practical problem-solving forms an integral part of the study evaluation in all courses at the School of Law. It also ensures training for students in legal methodology in diverse subjects apart from the actual study evaluation. The basic idea behind the project-based study method is to make students better equipped to apply legal methodology to issues that they need to deal with both during the course of their studies and after they complete their university degrees. The teachers at the School of Law also encourage discussions and train students by assigning them to deal with practical problems that are analogous to problem-solving assignments in other fields.

Reykjavík University's School of Law sees the development of project-based learning as an ongoing task and one of its most important undertakings. Teaching takes place in smaller groups, less emphasis is placed on lectures and instead students' activities are increased. Teachers, as well as students, make every effort to ensure that legal studies at Reykjavík University will continue to excel.

Contact us
Benedikta G. Kristjánsdóttir

Benedikta G. Kristjánsdóttir
Administrative Director
Tel. + 354  599-6265  

Anna Steinunn Gunnarsdóttir
Programme Administrator
Tel. +354-599-6256

If you have questions regarding student exchange programs please contact International Office, 

General Enquiries:

Telephone: +354 599 6200
Fax: +354 599 6201
Email: international@ru.is

Postal Address:

Reykjavik University
Menntavegur 1, 3rd floor
Nauthólsvík, 101 Reykjavík

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