JCL Comprehensive Exam References
Major Topics in the Code

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The following list represents some of the most significant topics in the code as reflected in the index of the 1999 translation of the Code of Canon Law published by the Canon Law Society of America.   By using the index, a student can gain a comprehensive understanding of the use of each of these terms over multiple books of the code.   This kind of topical approach to practice comps may be a very helpful way of preparing.

  • Age
  • Apostolic See
  • Appointment
  • Bishops
  • Bishops (Diocesan)
  • Cessation
  • Christian Faithful
  • Church(es)
  • Civil
  • Clerics
  • College
  • Communion
  • Competent Authority
  • Conference of Bishops
  • Consent
  • Consultation
  • Council(s)
  • Decree(s)
  • Dispensation
  • Domicile
  • Finance Council
  • Force
  • Governance
  • Holy See
  • Judge
  • Justice
  • Laity
  • Law
  • Negligence
  • Nullity
  • Obligation
  • Ordinary
  • Ordinary (Local)
  • Pastor (Parochus)
  • Pastor (Pastor)
  • Permission
  • Person
  • Presbyteral Council
  • Priest(s)
  • Purpose
  • Recourse
  • Residence
  • Right
  • Roman Pontiff/Supreme Pontiff
  • Statutes
  • Time Limits
  • Use of Reason
  • Valid
  • Vicar
  • Worship

Also consider studying the difference between capax and habilis in the code:

Capax or incapax: cc. 25; 29; 171 1, 1; 229 1; 634 1; 668 5; 706, 1; 741 1 and 2; 864; 889 1; 996 1 and 2; 1095; 1112 2; 1191 2; 1255; 1322; 1550 2
Habilis or inhabilis: cc. 10; 14; 15 1; 124 1; 129 1; 171 1; 228 1 and 2; 229 3; 241 1; 254 2; 412; 539; 544; 1041, 1; 1057 1; 1073; 1674