The Catholic University of America

Licentiate in Canon Law


Course Work:  Summer Degree Program

The School of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America offers a summer program leading to the licentiate degree in canon law (J.C.L.). The five summer program is designed to acquaint participants with the whole body of church law, leading to an understanding of its theological, philosophical and historical background, and introducing them to the practice of canon law. The program includes four summers of courses, online courses classes during the year and a fifth summer to complete the thesis and the oral comprehensive examination.

The course of studies normally is as follows:

Semester  Course Number Credit Hours
Summer 1 CL 711: General Norms 1 (3 credits)
  CL 721: Particular Church (3 credits)
  CL 731: Sacramental Law (3 credits)
  CL 734: Juridical Structure of Matrimony  (3 credits)
Fall 1
CL 701: History of Canon Law (3 credits)
  Latin 501B
(1 credit)
Spring 1 (Online)
CL 712: General Norms II (3 credits)
  Latin 502B (1 credit)
Summer II CL 715: American Law  (3 credits)
  CL 7124: Consecrated Life (3 credits)
  CL 726: Lay Ministry  (2 credits)
  CL 741: Procedural Law  (4 credits) 
Fall II
CL 728: Supradiocesan Structures  (3 credits)
  Latin 505B  
Spring II (Online)
CL 720: Ordained Ministry  (3 credits)
Summer III
CL 716: Religious Liberty  (3 credits)
  CL 750: Teaching Office 2 credits
  CL 751: Sanctions (3 credits)
  ELECTIVE  2 credits
Fall III
CL 739: Matrimonial Jurisprudence  (3 credits)
Spring III (Online)
CL 760: Roman Law (3 credits)
Summer IV CL 746: Protection of Rights (3 credits)
  CL 771: Eastern Law (2 credits)
  ELECTIVE  (2 credits)
Fall IV
CL 744: Temporal Goods (3 credits)
Spring IV (Online)
CL 727: Philosophy and Theology of Law (3 credits)
Summer V CL 996: Thesis Guidance (1 credit)

Comprehensive Exam 

           CL 698A (w/classes)

           CL 698B (w/o classes)

(1 credit)