FACULTY OF CANON LAW

Programs and Degrees

PROGRAMS AND DEGREES

A. FIRST CYCLE: PREPARATORY PROGRAM

1. Course Description: This cycle is preparatory for admission to the Licentiate program in Canon Law since it is intended for those who have no previous training in philosophy or theology. The cycle lasts for four (4) semesters or two (2) years.

2. Admission Requirements:

a) Written permission from their respective Ordinary or delegate. Laypersons seeking admission to the Faculty shall present a letter of recommendation or a certificate of good moral character from their respective local Ordinary;

b) International students must accomplish all the legal requirements to pursue their studies in the University;

c) Must have a working knowledge in Latin or must at least be willing to learn Latin;

d) Must take and pass the entrance examination.

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a) These courses prescribed for the first cycle may be taken at the Faculties of Sacred Theology and Philosophy of the University of Santo Tomas with the permission of the respective Deans and upon the request of the Dean of Canon Law.

b) Students who prove that they have studied some of the subjects of the first cycle at an appropriate faculty or university institute may be dispensed from them.

c) All students in the preparatory program are subject to the laws and regulations of the Faculty especially on the rules about promotion and disqualification.

B. SECOND CYCLE: BACHELOR/LICENTIATE IN CANON LAW

1. Description: The second cycle provides an in-depth study of the books of the Code of Canon Law and related disciplines, an introduction to the Code of Canons of Eastern Churches, Latin and other optional courses or exercises required by the Faculty (cf. Norms, 56, 2). Likewise, students are required to learn the methods of scientific research in the preparation of a written dissertation. The duration of this cycle is six semesters or three years, and ends with the conferment of the degree of Licentiate in Canon Law.

2. Admission Requirements:

a) Applicants who successfully completed the philosophical-theological curriculum in a seminary or in a theological faculty can be admitted immediately into the second cycle, unless the Dean deems it necessary or opportune, prior to their admittance, to require that they take a preliminary course in Latin or in the fundamental concepts of canon law (Norms of Application, art.57, no. 1);

b) All applicants must submit a written permission from the respective Ordinary or delegate. Laypersons seeking admission to the Faculty shall present a letter of recommendation or a good moral character from their respective local Ordinary;

c) International students must accomplish all the legal requirements to pursue their studies in the University;

d) Only the applicants who have a good command of the English language and a suitable knowledge of the Latin language may be admitted;

e) No applicant will be admitted unless s/he takes and passes the entrance examination.

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4. Requirements for the Degree

a) Bachelor (JCB): This degree is conferred after the completion of the courses prescribed for the second cycle.

b) Licentiate (JCL): This degree is conferred upon the completion of the three-year second cycle (with a general weighted average of 2.000), submission of a written thesis under the guidance of a Moderator, a written comprehensive examination on the entire Code of Canon Law, a successful oral examination (including the thesis defense) before a panel of three examiners appointed by the Dean.

c) A student must have a general weighted average of 2.000 by the end of his/her second year for the second cycle for him/her to be admitted to the Licentiate program. He/she needs to maintain this general weighted average in order for him/her to qualify for the examinations for the degree (written comprehensive examination and oral thesis defense). Those with lower general weighted average may only be eligible to pursue the Bachelor’s degree in Canon Law.

d) Candidates for the Licentiate in Canon Law must have successfully presented and defended a written thesis in front of a three-member panel appointed by the Dean; he must also have accomplished the post-defense requirements: a) submission of the revised dissertation based on the recommendation of the Examiners; this must be accompanied by the accomplished approval sheet and certificate of originality; b) submission of three (3) sets of soft copies of the thesis stored in separate CD’s; and c) submission of two (2) hard bound copies of the thesis.

e) The final grade for the Licentiate in Canon Law is composed of the general weighted average (1/3), comprehensive written examination (1/3), written evaluation of the content of the thesis and the oral defense of the thesis (1/3);

5. Guidelines for the Written Comprehensive Examination

a) Candidates for the Licentiate in Canon Law, after having submitted the approved thesis, should apply for the written comprehensive examination;

b) On the day of the examination, the candidate will pick three questions (by lottery) from all the theses prepared for the written comprehensive examination; of the three theses, the student shall comprehensively answer only one question for a period of two hours.

c) The examination paper will then be forwarded by the Dean to two examiners who will evaluate the answers using the following grading system.

3.00 Probatus 1.65 Cum Laude
2.45 Probatus 1.50 Cum Laude
2.10 Probatus 1.45 Magna Cum Laude
2.00 Bene Probatus 1.35 Magna Cum Laude
1.90 Bene Probatus 1.25 Magna Cum Laude
1.80 Bene Probatus 1.20 Summa Cum Laude
1.75 Cum Laude 1.00 Summa Cum Laude

6. Thesis Writing and Post-defense Requirements

C. THIRD CYCLE: DOCTORATE IN CANON LAW (J.C.D.)

1. Description: Lasting for at least two (2) semesters or one (1) year, this cycle aims to bring students to perfect the canon law training necessary for scholarly research in view of preparing a doctoral dissertation and interpreting correctly the sources of law. In addition to Canonical Latin, students are required to take at least two (2) additional special courses or seminars and the corresponding units in thesis writing, complemented by a relevant and well-elaborated thesis, which must be the product of scholarly work and a contribution to the progress of the science of Canon Law (cf. Sapientia Christiana, 76c, Norms 56, 3).

2. Admission Requirements:

a) Only those who have obtained a Licentiate in Canon Law in an Ecclesiastical Faculty with a grade of Cum Laude will be accepted for the third cycle;

b) Written Recommendation/Permission from the Ordinary or Major Superior;

c) International students must accomplish all the legal requirements to pursue their studies in the University;

d) Must have a command of the English language and a suitable knowledge of the Latin language;

e) Must take and pass the entrance examination.

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4. Requirement for the Degree

a) Must have completed the courses prescribed for the third cycle (a grade of 1.75 is required for a course to be credited in the Doctorate program);

b) Must have successfully presented and defended a dissertation in front of a five-member panel appointed by the Dean;

c) Must have accomplished the Lectio Coram;

d) Must have accomplished the post-defense requirements (please check the above-guidelines for the Post-Defense Requirements).

e) The final grade for the Doctorate in Canon Law is composed of Evaluation of the Written Thesis (40%), Oral Defense Grade (40%) and Lectio Coram (20%).

f) No student may validly use the title Doctor of Canon Law unless he has accomplished the post-defense requirements.

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