FACULTY OF CANON LAW

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GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR THESIS WRITING

1. Each candidate for the Licentiate or the Doctorate degree is required to write a thesis to prove his/her aptitude for research as well as his/her ability to expound and clearly present the study of a previously designated theme.

2. The thesis for the Licentiate should be sufficiently extensive to comprise not less than fifty (50) pages, double-spaced in a Times New Roman (12) font. The thesis for the doctoral degree shall also be prepared in the same way but should not be less than one hundred (100) pages.

3. The candidate for any degree has the right to select the theme of his/her thesis. However, the acceptance by the Moderator and approval by the Dean are required. Appropriate copies of the thesis proposal should be initially submitted to the Office of the Dean, who will appoint the Moderator and the other members of the panel of Examiners.

4. The Moderator for the Thesis must be appointed by the Dean, and shall serve as the candidate’s mentor for the writing of the thesis provided that the professor so chosen is also willing to serve as the Moderator.

5. After the topic of the thesis has been duly approved by the Dean, the candidate will work on it under the direct guidance of the Moderator for the established period of time, until the Moderator signs its final approval.

6. Candidates for the Licentiate or Doctorate degree must respectively submit three (3) copies or five (5) copies of their thesis, in the form prescribed by the Faculty, to the Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties at least one (1) month before the examination for the degree.

7. Three (3) examiners for the Licentiate degree and five (5) examiners for the Doctorate degree shall be appointed to examine the submitted thesis. The Moderator and the appointed examiners shall pass a written judgment on the thesis not later than ten (10) days before the examination for the degree. If the decision of the examiners is favorable, then they shall form part of the oral examination tribunal. The candidate may however also be permitted to rewrite the thesis if in the opinion of the examiners such rewriting is necessary. If the vote of the examiners is unfavorable, the candidate shall be disqualified from taking the degree.

8. After passing the oral defense, every student is required to comply with the post-defense requirements:

a) submission of the revised thesis that must incorporate the recommendations of the Examiners; this must be accompanied by the accomplished approval sheet;

b) submission of two sets of soft copies of the thesis stored in separate CDs;

c) submission of two hard-bound copies of the corrected and approved thesis.

9. The Thesis Writing Procedures are as follows:

a. On his/her third semester for the Licentiate Program (or at an appropriate time for a JCD applicant), the student must enroll in Thesis Writing I, which will orient him/her of the rules for thesis writing. The student must submit the Thesis Proposal to the Office of the Dean not later than the end of the semester.

b. Upon submission of the Proposal, the Dean shall appoint the Moderator and the other members of the evaluation Tribunal (two for JCL and four JCD). The examiners shall assess the merits of the proposal, and shall pass judgment on whether the student may proceed with the Thesis or not. Doctoral students shall need to publicly present the Dissertation Proposal.

c. After the evaluation of the Proposal, each student must accomplish the required revision and accomplish the approval sheet. The Office will then issue the Certificate of Candidacy.

d. After the issuance of the Certificate of Candidacy, the student should work on the completion of the Thesis under the guidance of the Moderator. Each semester, the student must also pay the corresponding fee for the honorarium of the Moderator. At an appropriate time before the student’s examination for the degrees, the completed thesis, duly recommended by the Moderator, must be submitted to the Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties. The student must accomplish the application form for thesis defense together with the required documentation. The student must also pay the required fees for the defense.

e. Upon submission of the completed thesis, the date of the examinations for the degree (written comprehensive examinations and thesis defense) shall be set. The thesis should then be forwarded to the respective examiner who must submit their written evaluation ten (10) days before the date of the oral examination. If there is no serious objection to the thesis, the thesis defense should proceed as scheduled. Meanwhile, the student must take the written comprehensive examination.

f. After the thesis defense, the student must accomplish all the post-defense requirement including the publication. The final copy of the thesis must include the accomplished Approval Sheet and Certificate of Originality. Unless all post-defense requirements are accomplished, no student shall be granted with any official document related to his/her studies.

GUIDELINES FOR THE POST-DEFENSE REQUIREMENTS

Licentiate in Canon Law

After the Oral Defense, the following steps need to be done:

1. Revise the Thesis according to the instructions of the members of the panel of examiners

2. Secure from the Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties the Approval Sheet and have it signed by the Adviser, member of the Tribunal, and Dean;

3. Submit to the Office Two (2) Hard copies of the Revised Thesis containing the following:

(1) All the required revisions

(2) Approval Sheet (as signed)

(3) Certificate of Originality (as signed)

(4) Abstract of the Thesis

(4.1) This should be hard bound, cover is colored green and the texts on the cover are printed in Gold.

(4.2) The spine of the document should contain the following information: year graduation (top), the title of the Thesis (in capital letters), and the name of the author (bottom)

4. Submit to the Office Three (3) soft copies (in separate CDs) of the Thesis and the abstract

5. Submit three (3) hard copies of the thesis abstract

6. Finally, apply for original copy(ies) of your Transcript of Records and diploma (Note: It takes 7 working days to obtain the Transcript of Records, and 30 days for the Diploma).

Doctorate in Canon Law

After the Oral Defense, the following steps need to be done:

1. Revise the Dissertation according to the instructions of the members of the panel of examiners

2. Secure from the Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties the Approval Sheet and have it signed by the Adviser, the members of the Tribunal, and the Dean

3. Submit to the Office Two (2) Hard copies of the Revised Dissertation containing the following:

(1) All the required revisions

(2) Approval Sheet (as signed)

(3) Certificate of Originality (as signed)

(4) Abstract of the Dissertation

(4.1) This should be hard bound, cover is colored green and the texts on the cover are printed in Gold

(4.2) The spine of the document should contain the following information: year graduation (top), the title of the Thesis (in capital letters), and the name of the author (bottom)

4. Submit to the Office Three (3) soft copies (in separate CDs) of the Dissertation and the abstract

5. Submit three (3) hard copies of the dissertation abstract

6. Seek appointment with the Dean with regard to the mandatory publication of thirty (30) copies of the dissertation. The Dean will inform the student whether the dissertation will be published in part (partialiter) or in whole (totaliter). Please check below for the guidelines for publication.

7. Submit the thirty (30) copies of the dissertation as published, and one (1) soft copy (in a CD) of the published dissertation.

8. Finally, apply for original copy(ies) of your Transcript of Records and diploma.



Guidelines for the Publication of the Dissertation:

1. The student is required to publish his work (dissertation) partialiter (“partially”) or totaliter (“completely”). The student must follow the instructions laid below, and must remain faithful to the prescribed format. (See Appendix I for the format of the cover and approval pages).

2. In the event that the panel members have not identified part/s to be published, the student must seek audience with the Dean and discuss the part/s to be published.

3. When the chapter or chapters to be published are identified, the student must arrange the publication of the Dissertation (either partialiter or totaliter) with the UST Publishing House or other publishing house. The publication may identify the name of the publisher or printer.

4. The student may seek the help of a proofreader or editor when there is a need to improve the text.

5. The final draft of the publication must be presented to the Dean for approval. Without the prior approval of the Dean’s Office, the printed material may be rejected by the Dean’s Office if it does not conform to the standards set by the Faculty.

6. Once the Dean’s approval is obtained, the student may proceed with the publication and must submit to the office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties thirty (30) copies of the said publication.

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