The second cycle is a three year program. Upon satisfactory completion of the course the School awards the student with a Licentiate in Canon Law. All the required courses are offered each year so that a student may begin this cycle studying the core subjects of the curriculum in Canon Law, thus allowing a successive deeper study of the various branches of canonical knowledge.
During the second and third year, elective courses—both practical and theoretical—are offered to prepare students for future pastoral roles (as judges, diocesan chancellors, advocates, defenders of the bond, etc.). These courses are taught by professors in the School, Judges of the Roman Rota or other ecclesiastical tribunals, officials of the Roman Curia and Rota lawyers.