Candidates for the Doctorate are first admitted to the Cursus ad doctoratum in which they participate during the first year of the program. This includes a course in the Latin language and other courses or exercises in accord with the Regolamento of the Faculty. At the same time, students begin looking to the composition of the doctoral thesis. A public defense and the publication of the thesis are required in order to receive the academic degree of Doctorate in Canon Law (JCD).
- Admission to the Doctorate Program presupposes the academic degree of the Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL) with marks at least at the magna cum laude level, both as the overall composite mark obtained for Licentiate studies and as the grade received for the Licentiate thesis specifically.
- Doctoral students are required to reside in Rome for at least the first two years.
- It is possible to enroll simultaneously in both (1) the Doctorate in Canon Law and (2) either the Diploma in Jurisprudence or the Diploma in Penal Jurisprudence. For one doing so, participation in courses leading to the respective Diploma replaces participation in the Cursus ad doctoratum.
at least 2 years (four semesters)