Studies leading to an ML degree in Law
The University of Akureyri offers a two-year study programme at Master's degree level which leads to the Magister Legis, ML, degree. This ML degree, taken in continuation of a three-year BA degree programme in Law is equivalent to the conventional five-year Certification Examination in Law (Cand Jur). Studies for the ML degree in Law amount to a total of 120 ECTS, divided into 90 ECTS in courses and a 30 ECTS Master’s degree thesis, prepared during the two years of study. Emphasis of the studies is placed on practical Icelandic law, so that students are well prepared to cope with legal work as judges, attorneys at law or as lawyers employed in the public or private sector. The teaching is conducted by members of the Faculty and practicing lawyers.
The structure of Law studies at the University of Akureyri is slightly different from the conventional programmes offered at other Icelandic universities. The BA degree programme is varied and academic with substantial emphasis placed on comparative law, history of law, legal doctrines, international law, human rights, resource and environmental law, European law, studies in legal sources and constitutional law. The ML programme builds on academic foundations, but the main emphasis is placed on honing the practical skills of students in the main fields of Icelandic law, both in terms of public law, commercial law, family law and the legal process. On top of this, students work on their Master’s degree thesis, satisfying rigorous academic demands.
In the ML programme, courses are organised to cover the entire semester, and the continuous evaluation system of the Faculty is generally used.
A BA Law degree from the University of Akureyri or another comparable degree is required for admission to the ML degree programme, normally with a minimum average grade of 7 (or a comparable grade in another grading system). Applications from students who do not satisfy these admission requirements will be considered and evaluated on their own merits by the Faculty.