The Licentiate Program (JCL) offers an advanced study of canon law, principally of the Code of Canon Law, together with the study of related disciplines. In addition to class study of required material, students participate actively in concrete exercises: of administrative and judicial practice; of the Latin language; and of methodology. They also participate in a seminar and two optional courses. Further, they also compose a Licentiate thesis under the guidance of a professor.
- Direct admission to the Licentiate Program is possible for those students who have completed their philosophical-theological formation in a Major Seminary or in a Faculty of Theology.
- Those who have not completed this philosophical-theological formation can be admitted to the Licentiate program after having completed the “First Cycle” over a two year period in other Faculties or Centers. The First Cycle has as its focus the study of the foundations of canon law and those philosophical and theological disciplines that are required as a basis for subsequent advanced studies in canon law.
3 years (six semesters)