Resources for Law Chapter Officers
Resources for P.A.D. Law Chapter Officers

Being selected by your brothers and sisters to lead your chapter is an exciting honor that comes with many responsibilities. To assist you with these responsibilities, the Executive Office has published a variety of resources, guides, and handbooks for chapter officers.

This page includes the most commonly used documents and links that will help you as you lead your chapter.

Additional information, resources, and policy documents may be found on the Resources and Policies page. If you ever have any questions about the information on this page, need assistance with chapter operations, or need anything else, contact the Executive Office. We are here to help!

Recruitment and Membership

Membership records are kept and maintained solely at the Executive Office. Please complete this form if you need to access your chapter’s membership roster, including paid and unpaid members.

Complete Form

Pre-Law Alumni (students who were members of a P.A.D. Pre-Law Chapter) can join a law chapter at a discounted rate. These graduated students only need to submit a form online to transition their membership from pre-law to law instead of submitting a new law chapter membership application. Follow the above link for the form and discount information.

Transition Form

Recruitment boxes are mailed to Chapter Officers in August and January of each year. Complete the request form below if you need additional materials including brochures, magazines, or informational cards.

Complete Form

All students are encouraged to submit their P.A.D. membership application online. This is the fastest and most secure way to submit information (and environmentally friendly).

The P.A.D. website automatically sends a confirmation email to a member when their application is received online (as well as receipts for payments made). Online applications take 1-2 business days for approval.

Online Application

If a student decides to transfer from one law school to another, their P.A.D. membership transfers with them. These students do not need to pay any international fees or be re-initiated, but they should be reported to the EO via the Transfer of Membership Form to ensure records are properly updated.

Transfer Form

Blurb: The Executive Office offers payment plans for the $90.00 Law Initiation Fee or the $70.00 Pre-Law to Law Membership Fee (for those students who were members of a pre-law chapter before starting law school). A payment plan can be requested through the form below:

Law Payment Plan Form

Operating Guides

The New Officer Resource Guide is a short, quick-reference Guide for new chapter officers. Use this when you hold elections and during your officer transition meeting.

Download New Officer Resource Guide

This guide is a detailed, how-to manual for running a P.A.D. Law Chapter. Each chapter officer should have a copy of the guide on hand for reference. The guide includes detailed information on important deadlines, recruitment tips, programming requirements, a list of example events, how to conduct elections and officer transitions, and best practices.

Download Law Chapter Operations Guide

Use the Model Bylaws as a template to craft by-laws for your chapter. If you edit the Model By-laws or create your own by-laws, they need to be submitted to the Executive Office for review and filing at least once a year.

Download Law Chapter Model By-Laws

Use the Ritual Handbook to plan initiation and other chapter ceremonies. The Ritual Handbook includes information on how to set up for initiation, the script for initiation, and more.

Download Law Ritual Handbook

The Reactivation & Charter Guide is a comprehensive manual for establishing or reactivating P.A.D. law school chapters.

Download Charter & Reactivation Guide

This guide is included in all chapter recruitment boxes and features the best tips for recruitment and a basic “how-to” of P.A.D. membership. The Executive Office will provide a box of free recruitment materials each semester to assist chapters with their recruitment goals. This box will include copies of The Reporter (P.A.D.’s magazine), brochures, The Docket (a special recruitment publication), and member benefit information.

Download Recruitment Guide

This video, presented by Deputy Director Emily Baranoski, provides a "Crash Course" in Phi Alpha Delta Law Chapter Operations .

Watch Video

Each P.A.D. chapter has insurance coverage through the P.A.D. Executive Office. It is important that every chapter do what it can to not only reduce liability for the Fraternity but also for the chapter and its officers. Consult the Phi Alpha Delta Insurance Manual for exact procedures and best practices.

Download Insurance Manual

Quick Links

Visit the awards page to view past winners and download the current applications. Applications are received on a rolling basis but are due by the first Monday in June at the latest.

P.A.D. Awards

Visit this page for the most up to date information on P.A.D.’s signature event, the Biennial Convention and Leadership Conference.

P.A.D. Biennial Convention

Visit this page for the most up to date information on the annual Law School Mock Trial Competition.

Law School Mock Trial Competition

The following is our online incident report form where you can choose to submit an anonymous complaint. To complete a thorough investigation of your report, please be as detailed as possible. If this is an emergency, please contact the Executive Director at 410-347-3118.

Complaints Process Report an Incident

Click the button below to view and download a copy of the P.A.D. International By-Laws.

P.A.D. International By-Laws

Visit this page for the most up to date list of discounts and benefits you receive as a P.A.D. member. Some of our member benefit partners will visit your chapter free of charge to provide information and resources. These visits often fulfill programming requirements.

Member Benefits

The Fraternity Policy Manual is P.A.D.’s governing document. Visit this page for the full Policy Manual and additional policy information.

Fraternity Policy Manual

If you need help funding a chapter event, apply for special funding from the Inspiration Fund, which is sponsored by the P.A.D. International Foundation.

Complete Form

Important Dates and Deadlines


  • February 15: Deadline to hold chapter elections
  • End of February/Early March: Annual Law School Mock Trial Competition
  • April 15: Deadline for the officer transition to be completed and new officers to take office (with officer transition to be held in the interim) AND Calendar of events for the upcoming fall semester must be submitted to the Executive Office
  • Late May/Early June: (90 Days Before Convention Begins): Deadline to select and report Convention Delegates to the Executive Office (Convention years ONLY – 2020, 2022, 2024)
  • First Monday in June: Chapter Award applications due
  • Early August: P.A.D. Biennial Convention and Leadership Conference (Convention is held every two years, and will be held in 2020, 2022, 2024, etc.)
  • Mid-October: Registration opens for next year’s Law School Mock Trial Competition
  • November 8: P.A.D. Founders’ Day and Day of Giving; Calendar of events for the upcoming spring semester must be submitted to the Executive Office


Our Mission

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community.