School of Canon Law
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School of Canon Law
School of Canon Law
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TypeEcclesiastical faculty
Parent institution
The Catholic University of America
AffiliationCatholic Church
DeanMsgr. Ronny Jenkins[1]
United States

38°56?07.9?N 77°00?02.6?W / 38.935528°N 77.000722°W / 38.935528; -77.000722Coordinates: 38°56?07.9?N 77°00?02.6?W / 38.935528°N 77.000722°W / 38.935528; -77.000722
CampusCaldwell Hall (Catholic University of America)

The School of Canon Law is the only faculty of Catholic canon law in the United States. It is one of the twelve schools at The Catholic University of America, located in Washington, D.C.[2] and one of the three ecclesiastical schools at the university, together with the School of Theology and Religious Studies and the School of Philosophy. The school is part of the main campus in the Brookland neighborhood in Northeast D.C. and is housed in Caldwell Hall. It offers the Licentiate of Canon Law and the Doctor of Canon Law ecclesiastical degrees, as well as civil and joint ecclesiastical-civil degree programs.


Catholic University was empowered to grant ecclesiastical degrees in canon law by the apostolic letter of Leo XIII Magni nobis gaudii of 7 March 1889.[3] The School of Theology issued canon law degrees until 1923, when a separate faculty of canon law was established by the Holy See.[4] Catholic University is the only U.S. university with an ecclesiastical faculty of canon law.[5]

Degree programs

The School of Canon Law is the only graduate program in canon law in the United States[6] and offers ecclesiastical, civil, and dual degree programs:



  • Masters in Church Administration (M.C.A.)[7]

Dual civil/ecclesiastical

Along with the Columbus School of Law, the School of Canon Law jointly accepts certain credits from the Juris Doctor program toward the degree requirements for the Licentiate of Canon Law. Each school issues their degree by their own authority, so a graduate will receive 2 separate degrees: one civil (J.D.), the other ecclesiastical (J.C.L.).[8]

The Jurist

The Jurist is the only journal published in the United States devoted to the study and promotion of the canon law of the Catholic Church. It was initiated in 1940[9] to serve the academic and professional needs of Catholic church lawyers. It originally focused on the canon law of the Latin Church, but came to include Eastern Catholic canon law as well. Beginning with volume 71, the journal has been published for the School of Canon Law by the Catholic University of America Press. The editorial board consists of the faculty of the School of Canon Law. The journal is published in print form, but also forms part of the electronic collection Project MUSE.

Institute on Matrimonial Tribunal Practice

Since 1967, the School of Canon Law has organized an annual program via the Institute on Matrimonial Tribunal Practice,[10] designed for those without formal training in canon law.[11]


  1. ^ a b, School of Canon Law, accessed 29 July 2019.
  2. ^ Schools at The Catholic University of America Archived June 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^, The Catholic University of America, 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia, accessed 29 July 2019.
  4. ^ Sweet, Alfred H., A.B., A.M., Ph.D., The National Encyclopedia, Volume Two (New York: P.F. Collier & Son Corporation, 1935), entry "CANON LAW", pg. 416.
  5. ^ a b c Canon Law Faculties and Institutes, Pontificia Università Gregoriana Facoltà di Diritto Canonico, accessed 4 August 2019.
  6. ^ James J. Conn, The Big Green Book, America Magazine 22 November 2000 issue, accessed 22 December 2019
  7. ^, Masters in Church Administration, accessed 29 July 2019.
  8. ^, Licentiate of Canon Law and Doctor of Law (J.C.L./J.D.), accessed 29 July 2019.
  9. ^ C. Joseph Nuesse The Catholic University of America: A Centennial History (Washington D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1990)[page needed]
  10. ^ Annual Lectures,, accessed 4 August 2019.
  11. ^ Tribunal Institute,, accessed 4 August 2019.

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