The Faculty of Canon Law of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) is formed around a team of professors, each of whom is a specialist in and practitioner of his discipline. There is a mutual and enriching interplay between each professor’s teaching and his pastoral practice of the law. In accordance with the tradition of the Dominican Order integration with philosophy and theology is one of the characteristic features of the study of canon law in the Angelicum. In its study of the Code of Canon Law the Faculty aims at a deepening of the philosophical-theological and ecclesiological ratio legis in the light of Vatican II. The Faculty is open to clergy, religious and laypersons, and prepares them to carry out various functions, including teaching in seminaries and universities, performing specific tasks in apostolic or diocesan tribunals, fulfilling the various administrative assignments in the curia of dioceses or institutes of consecrated life, in each case allowing full participation in a fruitful pastoral ministry.
In 1896 the Faculty of Canon Law of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) was founded. Thus the study and teaching of canon law became an integral part of the Collegium of St. Thomas alongside the Philosophical and Theological Faculties.
Today the Faculty has around 90 students, coming from 22 Countries in all the Continents. Italy, United States and Nigeria have the greatest number of students.