Pontifical Georgian College

The principal theological seminary of the United Roman-Ruthenian Church

(Licentiate of Canon Law)
(Doctorate of Canon Law)

N.b. programmes subject to change without notice on this page. Postulants and seminarians should consult college administration for official information.
Speed of progress may vary by student. Neither academic degrees nor ordination are guaranteed. Academic degrees and ordination are only conferred
after all qualifications have been met and upon thorough and successful examination by ecclesiastical authorities.


Each priest studies canon law as part of clerical formation in the Licentiate of Sacred Theology programme. Some clerics and, less frequently, laymen choose to pursue advanced study in canon law to help serve the mission of the Patriarchate as canon lawyers and judges on Tribunals. The following outline is of the standard coruse of study for the Licentiate of Canon Law (JCL) and the Doctorate of Canon Law (JCD). It is expected that candidates for the JCL will have an earned, accredited bachelor's degree or equivalent in a related field and will typically already have a graduate degree and some type ot theology degree. While each level is analogous to a semester, each student moves at his own appropriate pace, under the guidance of his programme director. The Code of Canon Law and the Code of Particular Canon Law are considered obligatory texts for each course. Additions texts, papers, and other readings may be assigned.

These courses may or may not be required, depending upon the academic and professional background and education.
The pre-law section is based on the need for a canon attorney to have basic legal
skills, as well as the need for canon attorneys to be able to interface as necessary with the civil legal system.

U.S. Law Option

CL401 - CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (4 credits)

Explores the reach of U.S. federal power, its relation to the powers of the states, and the civil rights of individuals that are protected by and from governmental power.

Text: Constitutional Law, Stone, Seidman, Sunstrin, Tushnet, 3rd Edition, Aspen Pub.


CL 402 - EVIDENCE (3 credits)

Surveys the rules governing the use of evidence in trials.

Text: Evidence, Weinstein, Mansfield, Abrams, Berger, 9th Edition, Foundation Press.


CL 403 - FAMILY LAW (3 credits)

Analyzes the legal rules governing marriage, divorce, distribution of marital property, child custody, adoption and children's rights.

Text: Family Law, Krause, Elrod, Garrision, Oldham, 5th Edition, Thomson West Pub.


CL 404 - FIRST AMENDMENT LAW (3 credits)

Survey course that covers the fundamentals of First Amendment jurisprudence relating to Freedom of Expression, Association and Religion. Course focus is on contemporary Supreme Court cases, including those addressing hate speech, display of the Ten Commandments in public places, and aid to parochial schools, as well as how the current Court's First Amendment law compares with that of Courts of the past. Course will also cover issues such as free speech in times of military conflict, popular opinion of First Amendment freedoms, and the role of religion in governmental regulations. Prerequisite: Constitutional Law

Text: Lee Epstein and Thomas G. Walker. Constitutional Law for a Changing America: Rights, Liberties and Justice: 8h ed. (Sage: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2013) ISBN 978-1-4522-2674-3



Introduces the student to aspects of the legal structure of international relations, exploring issues involving jurisdiction, sovereign immunity and international conflict resolution.

Text: Is International Law International? Print publication date: 2017 ISBN-13: 9780190696412


CL 420 - WRITING & LEGAL RESEARCH (3 credits)

The second legal writing class, this course builds on the writing skills learned in the first semester and teaches students to write legal memoranda in an office setting. Students in this course take the role of advisor to a hypothetical client. Students will continue to formulate written rules, synthesize multiple authorities, place a rule in a rule structure (IRAC), analyze facts carefully, apply a rule to a set of facts and organize a written discussion. Students will cite legal authorities using proper legal citation format and will learn legal research strategies and the multitude of legal authorities through hands-on library and computer training.

Text: The Lawyer's Craft.

Text: The Elements of Style, Strunk, White


CL601 - History of Canon Law

CL602 - General Norms of Law

CL603 - Particular Churches

CL604 - Laws of the Sacraments



CL611 - General Norms of Law II

CL612 - The Ministry of Holy Orders

CL613 - Canons of Holy Matrimony

CL614 - The Work of the Laity




CL621 - Canons of the Consecrated Life

CL622 - Canon Law in Civil Society

CL623 - Procedures of Canon Law

CL810 - Elective




CL631 - The Temporal Goods of the Church

CL632 - Ecclesiastical Structure

CL633 - Tribunal Procedural Structure

CL634 - Defense of Rights in Church and Society




CL641 - Defending Religious Freedom in Society

CL642 - Canons of Magisterial Authority of the Church

CL643 - Sanctions

CL840 - Elective




CL651 - Theology of Canon Law

CL652 - Law of the Roman Church

CL653 - Law of the English Church



Beginning during Level 5 or 6, the candidate must write a thesis on a relevant topic of canon law approved by his programme director.


(Doctor of Canon Law)

An admitted candidate for the degree of Doctor of Canon Law must first complete the requirements for the the Licentiate of Canon Law. A topic of original research relevant to canon law is proposed to the programme director and committee. The candidate then carries out the research and writes a dissertation. Upon successful defense of the dissertation to the committee, the candidate is proposed to the Great Officers of the College for award of the degree of Doctor of Canon Law.


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