principal theological seminary of the United Roman-Ruthenian Church
LAW OUTLINE OF STUDIES
of Canon Law)
of Canon Law)
programmes subject to change without notice on this page. Postulants
and seminarians should consult college administration for official information.
of progress may vary by student. Neither academic degrees nor
ordination are guaranteed. Academic degrees and ordination are only conferred
all qualifications have been met and upon thorough and successful
examination by ecclesiastical authorities.
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.
pre-law section is based on the need for a canon attorney to have
as well as the need for canon attorneys to be able to interface as
necessary with the civil legal system.
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,
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
CL 410 - INTRODUCTION: THE NATURE AND SCOPE OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
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
History of Canon Law
General Norms of Law
Laws of the Sacraments
General Norms of Law II
The Ministry of Holy Orders
Canons of Holy Matrimony
The Work of the Laity
Canons of the Consecrated Life
Canon Law in Civil Society
Procedures of Canon Law
CL810 - Elective
The Temporal Goods of the Church
Tribunal Procedural Structure
Defense of Rights in Church and Society
Defending Religious Freedom in Society
Canons of Magisterial Authority of the Church
CL643 - Sanctions
CL840 - Elective
Theology of Canon Law
Law of the Roman Church
Law of the English Church
during Level 5 or 6, the candidate must write a thesis on a relevant
topic of canon law approved by his programme director.
of Canon Law)
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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