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CLSA Membership Information & Application
Membership Information
Membership Dues
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Membership in the Canon Law Society of America is open to interested persons who wish to collaborate in the promotion of the pastoral ministry of the Church within the context of its legal/canonical structures. Membership is not restricted to Catholics and all interested are welcome to apply. The many benefits of membership include access to free electronic resources and the quarterly eNewsletter, discounts on publications and convention registration, and vast networking opportunities. 

The Society’s constitution identifies four (4) kinds of membership: Active, Associate, Student, and Honorary.
  1. Active membership is open to those who have earned at least a licentiate degree in canon law; active membership is also open to other practitioners in canon law who demonstrate a broadly based competence in canonical issues and who have fulfilled the stipulated requirements enumerated in the By-Laws.
  2. Associate membership is available for those individuals who do not hold degrees but who wish to associate themselves with the purpose of the Society.
  3. Student membership is open specifically to those individuals enrolled in a school of canon law and pursuing a licentiate degree. 
  4. Honorary membership is bestowed upon those persons, who by reason of outstanding contributions in the filed of canon law or in support of the Society, are proposed for this distinction by the Board of Governors and accepted by a majority vote of the active members at the General Meeting. This membership also belongs ex officio to all the Most Reverend Bishops of the United States.

Institutions, such as libraries and communities of consecrated life or societies of apostolic action, that desire membership are invited to sponsor an individual person for active or associate membership. This provides for regular receipt of Society mailings and other membership benefits.

Membership applications are available from the Office of the Executive Coordinator. Applications can be downloaded (.pdf file) and returned to the OEC or completed online. Payment of the initial dues is required with the submission of the application. Once the application and dues are received, the Office of the Executive Coordinator will review the application and will notify the applicant of its decision.

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Membership Dues

The Canon Law Society of America extends membership on an annual basis from July 1st to June 30th of each calendar year. Members will receive renewal forms after July 1st. The annual membership is $250.00 USD for Active and Associate members, and $125.00 USD for Student members. Dues may be submitted online or phone via credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or paid by check mailed to the Office of the Executive Coordinator.

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