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Benefits of studying the Licentiate in Canon Law in Australia

Flexible online study, from the comfort of your own hemisphere!

The partnership between BBI and SPU provides many benefits for students throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the entire Asia-Pacific region. These include the convenience of studying from home, the flexibility to work and study and the reduction in loss of productivity and income during the duration of the degree. In addition, it removes the need to travel and live overseas for several weeks each year, over multiple years, which would require relocation costs, flights, accommodation and international health insurance. Students from New Zealand and Asia-Pacific will enjoy reduced travel distance and costs, coming to Australia. Affordable accommodation is available within a ten-minute walk of the BBI campus, during annual residentials.

Benefit from blended mode study

Students will study online and on the BBI campus – an experience that will enhance the integration of canonical formation through interaction with professors and other students. The BBI campus components will be taught at BBI’s premises in Pennant Hills, Sydney, where the library will also be made available for students. Once enrolled, students have access to a vast collection of online library resources. SPU delivers content, assesses coursework, and grades students in all courses. Visiting professors from SPU (or other SPU-approved lecturers) will teach at the BBI campus courses.

Who should apply?

The JCL degree enables clergy, religious, and lay persons to hold a variety of roles in tribunals and diocesan curias.  It also prepares them to serve as key leaders and advisors in dioceses, religious institutes, societies of apostolic life, and various Catholic organizations.

Graduates of the JCL curriculum will bring significant value to their organisations and most importantly, will be formed to understand Canon Law accurately and to apply it soundly in concrete, pastoral settings. The SPU Faculty of Canon Law is committed to canonical formation which is both profoundly scholarly and pastorally practical. 

Those who may benefit from completing the Licentiate in Canon Law degree include:

  • Bishops and auxiliary bishops
  • Vicars General, Vicars Forane and Episcopal Vicars
  • Chancellors and  Vice-chancellors
  • Priests, religious, and permanent deacons
  • Diocesan and religious institute financial and business administrators
  • Parish leaders
  • Tribunal personnel
  • Church agency leaders
  • Heads of mission
  • Civil lawyers or other professionals working for, or consulting to, or assisting dioceses, religious institutes, ecclesiastical organisations and Catholic agencies
  • Members, directors, trustees and officers of public juridic persons/ministerial juridic persons

We invite you to contact Greg Baynie at BBI to discuss this further, on ph: (02) 9847 0586 or by email: gbaynie@bbi.catholic.edu.au

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