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:

Summer 1

Course Number Course Description
CL 711 (3 credits) General Norms I
CL 721 (3 credits) Particular Church
CL 731 (3 credits) Sacramental Law
CL 734 (3 credits) Juridical Structure of Matrimony

Fall 1 (Online)

Course Number Course Description
CL 701 (3 credits) History of Canon Law
Latin 501B (1 credit) Latin 501B

Spring 1 (Online)

Course Number Course Description
CL 712 (3 credits) General Norms II
Latin 502B (1 credit) Latin 502B

Summer II

Course Number Course Description
CL 715 (3 credits) American Law
CL 7124 (3 credits) Consecrated Life
CL 726 (2 credits) Lay Ministry
CL 741 (4 credits) Procedural Law

Fall II (Online)

Course Number Course Description
CL 728 (3 credits) Supradiocesan Structures
Latin 505B Latin 505B

Spring II (Online)

Course Number Course Description
CL 720 (3 credits) Ordained Ministry

Summer III

Course Number Course Description
CL 716 (3 credits) Religious Liberty
CL 750 (2 credits) Teaching Office
CL 751 (3 credits) Sanctions
ELECTIVE (2 credits) ELECTIVE

Fall III (Online)

Course Number Course Description
CL 739 (3 credits) Matrimonial Jurisprudence

Spring III (Online)

Course Number Course Description
CL 760 (3 credits) Roman Law

Summer IV

Course Number Course Description
CL 746 (3 credits) Protection of Rights
CL 771 (2 credits) Eastern Law
ELECTIVE (2 credits) ELECTIVE

Fall IV (Online)

Course Number Course Description
CL 744 (3 credits) Temporal Goods

Spring IV (Online)

Course Number Course Description
CL 727 (3 credits) Philosophy and Theology of Law

Summer V

Course Number Course Description
CL 996 (1 credit) Thesis Guidance
CL 968A w/classes or CL 968B w/o classes (1 credit) Comprehensive Exam