BSc in Business Law

Bifröst University was the first university in Iceland to start teaching law outside of University of Iceland which had monopoly until 2004 protected by law in Iceland. The first person who received a law degree outside of the Univeristy of Iceland and was appointed a judge, graduated with ML in law from Bifrost University. The BSc-programme in Business Law (190 ECTS) specializes in training law students for industry and business and can be completed in two and a half years or three years. Gifted students, or students who have completed a part of a degree elsewhere, may finish the program in two years. Students can only be admitted to the program if they have finished the Icelandic matriculation examination (stúdentspróf) or have an equivalent educational background.

Students finish a strong selection of courses in business in addition to basic subjects of law focusing on acquiring the expertise necessary for running a modern company in a complicated and entangled legal environment. The law program aims at moving away from rote learning practices, which are still too common in law departments around the world, giving the students the necessary training and stimuli to become independent thinkers and actor.

Bifrost University has been an active partner in Law Without Walls from 2013. The project is a part-virtual collaboratory that aims for students to develop the skills necessary to provide effective legal services in today’s marketplace. LawWithoutWalls teams up students from several law and business schools around the world with academic, lawyer, and entrepreneur mentors to develop business plans that tackle the main problems facing legal education and practice today. It centres on the intersection of law, business, technology, and innovation.  It is designed to embrace and meet the challenges of the economic pressures, technological advances, and globalization that have reshaped the legal market. 

BSc in Business Law is a distance-learning programme only taught in Icelandic. The BSc thesis, which each student must complete in order to graduate, can be written in either English or Icelandic. This degree programme is suitable for the modern corporate world – many of the alumni work in in the financial sector, for international institutions or in the legal sector (public and private).

Link to the curriculum in Icelandic

Semester 1st year

Autumn  ECTS   Spring  ECTS   Summer  ECTS 
Information Technology 
Law and Legal Methods II 
6 Elective course  6
Principles of Contracts 6 Accounting I  6
Constitutional Law 
Research Methods  6 Law of Contractual Obligations I  6 Term Project  8
Introduction to Icelandic Procedural Law  6 Labour Law  6    
Law and Legal Methods I  6 Fundamentals of Administrative Law I  6    
Confident Communication  2        
  30   30   20


Semester 2nd year

 Autumn  ECTS   Spring  ECTS   Summer  ECTS 
Competition Law   6 Law of Torts  6 General Law III  6
Tax Law I  6 Property Law  6
Elective course 
Finance I  
6 Fundamentals of Administrative Law II  6 Term Project  8
Microeconomics 6 Criminal Law  6    
Corporation Law  6 Accounting II  6    
  30   30   20

Semester 3rd year

Autumn ECTS 
Elective course  6
Elective course  6
European Law  6
Bachelor Thesis 12


Why Bifröst?

  1. Constant workload trains students in group and team work
  2. Small university that emphasises personal service
  3. We aim for personal development and social participation
  4. Friendly campus for individuals and families
  5. Active quality control and innovative teaching methods