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Licentiate in Canon Law (LCL)
This course lasts for two years, during which the entire Code of Canon Law is studied in depth, along with other disciplines having an affinity with it (Sapientia Christiana, art 76b).

Doctorate in Canon Law (DCL)
This course lasts at least a year. During this year juridical formation is completed and a doctoral dissertation is written (Sapientia Christiana, art 76c).


Licentiate in Canon Law (LCL): 2 years.
Doctorate in Canon Law (DCL): 1 year.

Further enquiries

The Admissions Office
Pontifical University
Saint Patrick’s College
County Kildare, Ireland
Ireland: (01) 708 4772 / 3600 / 3892
International: +353-1-708-4772 / 708-3600 / 708-3892
Fax Ireland: (01) 7083441
Fax International: +353-1-708 3441

Subjects taught

Principal Disciplines
• Introduction to the science of law
• General norms of law
• Personality in law
• The Sacraments
• Processes
• Crimes and penalties
• Public ecclesiastical law

Auxiliary disciplines
• Roman law
• Elements of civil law
• History of canon law

Special Disciplines
• Liturgical law
• Ecclesiastical jurisprudence
• Canonical processual practice
• Methodology
• Sources of ancient Irish ecclesiastical law

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