Ecclesiastical Program: Licentiate in Canon Law | Saint Paul University

Ecclesiastical Program: Licentiate in Canon Law

Faculty of Canon Law

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Program description

The Licentiate in Canon Law degree (JCL) is an ecclesiastical program governed by the Apostolic Constitution Veritatis Gaudium and other norms of the Holy See. The program consists of 75 course credits, covering the fundamental principles and specific canons of the Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church.

Throughout the program of studies, emphasis is placed upon the practical application of law. Students are required to do a major research project accomplished in the research seminar under the guidance of a professor of the Faculty of Canon Law.

The JCL degree enables clergy, religious, and lay persons to hold a variety of roles in tribunals and diocesan curias. It also prepares them to serve as key leaders and advisors in dioceses, religious institutes, societies of apostolic life, and various Catholic organizations.

The JCL is always pursued concurrently with the Master in Canon Law.

Admission Details

  • Program length: 6 terms (2 years, full-time); 12 terms (4 years, part-time).
  • Program delivery method: On campus and online.
  • Language: This program is also available in French.

For more information about admission deadlines, please click here.


Students registered in this program may be eligible for a limited number of scholarships. For more information, please click here.