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Law - Licentiate in Canon Law

This programme is designed for those with a minimum of two years of study in philosophy and theology, either at undergraduate or graduate level, who wish to learn more about Canon Law.

Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL)

The Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL) is a distance-learning course run in conjunction with St Paul's University, Ottawa. The course runs over three semesters each year. The first and second semester are run via distance learning, while the summer semester involves a two week residential programme (late July / early August) on the campus of Saint Patrick College, Maynooth.

The JCL degree consists of 75 credits, 66 of which are from compulsory courses and 9 of which are from optional courses. The JCL curriculum is governed by Sapientia Christiana (15 April 1979) and subsequent legislation and norms of the Holy See. The curriculum provides a solid historical and theoretical basis for all current canonical legislation of the Latin Church, and emphasises the pastoral application of this law.

All students will simultaneously receive the civil diploma of Masters of Canon Law (MCL), granted jointly by Saint Paul University and the University of Ottawa (with which Saint Paul University has been federated since 1965).

Why choose this option:
•Study from home
•Retain current ministry / employment
•Flexible and manageable programme
•Excellent Canon Law resources
•Team of internationally renowned and dedicated professors
•Superb range of affordable accommodation on a historic and attractive campus during summer semester
•Easy access to Dublin city and airport


4 years part-time

Further enquiries

St. Patrick's College
Co. Kildare
W23 TW77
+353 (0)1 708 3600

Subjects taught

Principal Disciplines

Introduction to the science of law
General norms of law
Personality in law
The Sacraments
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
Sources of ancient Irish ecclesiastical law

Application date

Application Deadline: 14th June 2019

Late applications considered on a case by case basis

Enrolment and start dates

Course Start Date: September 2019

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