Regulation on entrance examinations and the admission of new students to the University of Iceland Faculty of Law, no. 928/2013
with subsequent amendments
Article 1. Decisions on enrolment restrictions.
The School of Social Sciences, on behalf of the Faculty of Law, shall annually submit a reasoned proposal concerning the number of students who will be able to commence studies at the Faculty of Law during the next academic year. The School of Social Sciences must send this proposal to the University Council before the end of November. The University Council shall process the School’s proposal no later than in January.
Article 2. Entrance examinations and examination fees.
[An entrance examination for those wishing to commence undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Law shall be held in June of each year. The Faculty of Law shall set the date of the entrance examination, in consultation with the Division of Academic Affairs. The Faculty is authorised, having consulted with the Division of Academic Affairs, to hold the examination twice in one year. The examination shall be held under the auspices of the University of Iceland, and on University premises.]1
The Faculty of Law shall advertise the entrance examination and publish a description of it and its implementation on the Faculty website at least eight weeks before the set examination date, together with information on the internal weighting of the entrance examination and the Icelandic matriculation examination with regards to the selection of new students.
In accordance with paragraph 2, Article 24 of the Act on Public Higher Education Institutions no. 85/2008, it is permissible to charge an examination fee to cover the compilation, implementation and marking of entrance examinations. If such a fee is charged, the amount and the manner in which it shall be collected shall be in accordance with the central Regulation for the University of Iceland.
1Amended by Article 1 of Regulation no. 23/2015.
Article 3. Objective and content of the entrance examination.
The entrance examination is the Learning Aptitude Test for Higher Education (LAT). The University of Iceland Division of Academic Affairs shall manage its preparation and implementation, in consultation with the Faculty of Law.
The examination is intended to assess students’ ability to apply that general knowledge and competence that they have acquired, in accordance with the objectives set out in the Icelandic National Curriculum Guide for Upper Secondary Schools.
The examination shall assess the following five areas: use of information, language skills, reading comprehension, proficiency in English, and quantitative comparison and reasoning.
Article 4. Registration for study at the University of Iceland Faculty of Law.
[Students wishing to commence study at the Faculty of Law shall apply for study at the Faculty in accordance with the general regulations at the University of Iceland, and the provisions of Article 6 of the Regulation on admission requirements for undergraduate study, no. 319/2009.]1
1Amended by Article 2 of Regulation no. 23/2015.
Article 5. Selection of students for admission.
[If the number of applicants exceeds the enrolment restrictions in accordance with Article 1, the selection of students for admission shall be based on their performance in the Learning Aptitude Test for Higher Education on the one hand, and their performance in the Icelandic matriculation examination on the other. Students who have not completed an Icelandic matriculation examination, but nevertheless meet the requirements outlined in Article 6 of Regulation no. 319/2009, shall be evaluated solely on their performance in the entrance examination. The same applies if it is not possible to calculate the applicant’s average grade from the Icelandic matriculation examination in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 3, such as if the applicant’s qualification is not based on a grade, or if grades are not given as numbers or on the basis of comparable criteria.
A grade for performance on the entrance examination shall be awarded from a special grading scale determined for that examination. In selecting students for admission to the BA programme at the University of Iceland Faculty of Law, performance on this examination shall count for 80%. The average grade achieved for the Icelandic matriculation examination shall count for 20%.
The average grade for the Icelandic matriculation examination is based on the average grade provided by the upper secondary school in question, and shall generally be determined by calculating the average from all final grades for individual courses taken during the applicant’s studies for the matriculation examination. If the average grade awarded by an individual school is based on a significantly different calculation, the head of the Faculty of Law may decide to calculate the average grade from that school separately. The Faculty head shall also determine whether there is cause to apply the authority of paragraph 1, in order to base selection solely on performance in the Learning Aptitude Test. When the average grade for the Icelandic matriculation examination has been determined, this is transferred to a grading scale comparable to that used for the entrance examination, and applicants are then ranked in accordance with paragraph 2.
The most successful applicants, based on the entrance examination and the Icelandic matriculation examination in accordance with the above, shall be admitted to the BA programme at the Faculty of Law. Should the student have sat more than one entrance examination in the 24 months prior to the application deadline, selection shall be based on [the examination yielding the highest score.]3
An applicant earning the right to commence the BA programme at the Faculty of Law in accordance with this Regulation must commence study in the next autumn semester. Students failing to do so shall lose this right. Students must be informed that they have been accepted to the BA programme at the Faculty of Law when the selection process is complete. Should any new students fail to confirm that they intend to commence study at the Faculty within two weeks of being informed that they have a place, their place shall be awarded to the next highest ranked student, on the condition that enrolment restrictions have not been exceeded, cf. Article 1. Should this student also not accept the place within one week, it shall be offered to the next highest ranked student, and so forth until [20 July.]2 After this date, new students shall not be admitted to the Faculty. If two or more applicants are tied for the last available place, in consideration of enrolment restrictions, both or all of them shall earn the right to commence study in the next autumn semester.]1
1Amended by Article 3 of Regulation no. 23/2015.
2Amended by Article 1 of Regulation no. 105/2016.
3Amended by Article 1 of Regulation no. 247/2018.
Article 6. Admissions committee for new students.
The Faculty of Law shall appoint a three-member admissions committee to supervise the implementation of the entrance examination, evaluate its success with regard to enrolment restrictions, and submit proposals for reforms if necessary. The committee shall be appointed for a three-year term.
Article 7. Entry into force etc.
This Regulation on entrance examinations and the admission of new students to the Faculty of Law has been established by the University Council, on the basis of paragraph 3, Article 18 of the Act on Public Higher Education Institutions no. 85/2008, cf. paragraph 13, Article 91 of the Regulation for the University of Iceland no. 569/2009, with subsequent amendments.
This Regulation shall be published in Section B of the Law Gazette, as well as in the chapter on the Faculty of Law in the course catalogue, and on the Faculty’s homepage.
This Regulation enters into force immediately.
University of Iceland, 7 October 2013.