Founded in 1902, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity was organized by a group of Chicago area law students in response to a legal controversy over a rule affecting admission to the State Bar. Recognizing that the benefits of the fraternity should be made available to all members of the legal profession, the fraternity soon expanded outside of the Chicago area, and was the first law fraternity to remove all barriers to membership. Specifically, Phi Alpha Delta was the first to remove all restrictions based on race, gender, religion, creed, national origin, and academic standing.
Today, Phi Alpha Delta is a professional law fraternity composed of law students, attorneys, judges, and educators. With over 200,000 members across the world, we are dedicated to promoting professional competency, service, and achievement within the law profession. To that end, Phi Alpha Delta conducts professional, social, academic and community services programs designed to broaden the professional experience of our members. Phi Alpha Delta has chartered more chapters than any other law fraternity in the world with over 180 Law School Chapters, 96 Alumni Chapters in major metropolitan areas, and over 200 Pre-Law Chapters. Phi Alpha Delta bridges the gap between undergraduate work, law school, and the practice of law, and provides a forum for law students and professionals to exchange ideas, expand their knowledge, and continue a lifelong association of friendships and business contacts throughout their careers.
The Henry DeBracton Chapter at St. John’s University School of Law sponsors events that are both in keeping with the fraternity’s motto of "Service to the student, the school, the profession and the community," and tailored to the requests and interests of the chapter’s membership. Our focus this year will be to provide many opportunities where students can interact with professionals in a close-knit environment in order to gain professional experience and build lasting relationships.
If you have ideas for what you want the DeBracton Chapter to do to better serve the student community, please contact us.