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licentiate degree in Canon Law

licentiate degree in Canon Law

The licentiate degree in Canon Law consists of three academic years aimed at providing a complete training in Canon Law.

Completion of the Basic Cycle does not grant automatic access to licentiate degree, so that, in all cases, admission to these studies will be necessary apply for . 

The permanentStudy program can be foundat download here.


Itineraries of specialisation

The current ecclesiastical and civil circumstances increasingly present the canonist with new and pressing challenges in a wide variety of areas.

To reinforce the theoretical preparationinternship that students already receive with the ordinary curriculum of programs of study, the School of Canon Law offers the possibility of taking, at the same time as the programs of study of licentiate degree, a pathway of specialization in seven different areas.

  1. The itineraries of specialization aim to provide students studying the Degree of licentiate degree at Canon Law with a better theoretical-practical knowledge in one of the six areas of Church Law that are proposed.

  2. Students wishing to follow pathway from specialization will start in the second year of licentiate degree.

  3. The teacher in charge of pathway chosen by the student will be designated as their academic advisor , as well as mentor or advisor to direct and accompany their personalised progress during the pathway. 

  4. The programme consists of two optional subjects of 4.5 ECTS credit each, which take place during the second and third year respectively. Each subject consists mainly of a directed reading plan, commentary on documents and regulatory texts, practical work and exercises, always under the guidance of the lecturer in charge of pathway.

  5. Given that pathway implies an increase in the workload for students who choose to join the programme, the management committee of the School, through the Director , should approve both the application for incorporation - it may be more convenient for the student to focus on the subjects of the ordinary curriculum - and the personalised plan that each student proposes from agreement with their mentor, once their incorporation has been approved.

The School offers seven itineraries of specialization (of 9 ECTS credit each):

  1. pathway of specialization in Canonical Matrimonial Law
    Lecturer in charge: D. Álvaro González Alonso.
  2. pathway from specialization at internship Procesal
    Professors in charge: Mr. Gerardo Núñez and Mr. Rafael Rodríguez Ocaña.
  3. pathway from specialization at Administrative Law
    Professor manager: D. Jorge Miras.
  4. pathway from specialization in Diocesan Governance
    Professor manager: D. Antonio Viana.
  5. pathway from specialization in Property Law. Economic support of the Church
    Professor manager: D. Diego Zalbidea.
  6. pathway from specialization at Criminal Law. Rules and procedures
    Professor manager: D. José Bernal.
  7. pathway of specialization in Associations and Foundations Law
    Professor manager: D. Jorge Otaduy.

Before 1 April, first-year students who are interested in following one of these pathways must submit an application to . written request to the Associate Dean de Estudiantes y de Office of Academic Affairs requesting it registration.

In view of the requests received and depending on the academic transcript of student, you will be informed in May of the resolution adopted by the board Board of Directors of School.

Admitted students will pay the amount of 4.5 ECTS credit of each subject of pathway at the same time as they formalise their enrollment in the 2nd or 3rd year of licentiate degree.

At the end of the third year, provided that he/she has duly fulfilled the objectives proposed by his/her mentor, the student would receive, in addition to the Degree of licentiate degree, a certificate that he/she has successfully followed the pathway of specialization in the chosen subject .

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In these years, more than 800 students have obtained the degree of graduate , of which more than half have also obtained the degree of Doctor.




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