Society of Scholars FAQ
Society of Scholars FAQ

What are the eligibility requirements?
To join the Society, you must be a member of Phi Alpha Delta and have a GPA of at least 3.5 or higher (pre‐law) or be in the top third of your class (law).

I already graduated from law school. Can I still join?
Yes; we offer retroactive membership to law school graduates. Pre‐Law alumni who are not currently enrolled in law school can join at any time.

How do I join?
The application can be found on Submit your application with a copy of your transcript (including proof of rank for law members, Transcripts and rank documents do not need to be official copies) and the $50 one‐time application fee via email to Please note: if you are not accepted for membership, you will not be charged the $50 fee.

What are the benefits of joining the Society of Scholars?
The Society of Scholars was created to honor our members for their academic achievements. Phi Alpha Delta has an open membership policy so the Society allows us to distinguish those members with a high GPA/class rank. Society of Scholars members receive a special certificate and pin to acknowledge their achievements, and are also able to purchase Society graduation merchandise which is only available to members. One of the most tangible benefits of joining the Society of Scholars is that we offer a scholarship that is only open to Society of Scholars members.

I do not have the qualifications to join. Can I still apply?
Yes, you may submit an addendum explaining why you should be considered for membership with your application. Membership for students who do not meet the admissions standards will be determined on a case by case basis.

My law school does not have a ranking system. How do I join?
Students attending schools that do not rank must submit their application, resume, and a copy of their transcript. Acceptance will be determined on a case by case basis.

Do I have to have a particular major to join?
No, all majors are welcome to apply

What do I get when I join?
Each accepted member of the Society will receive a membership certificate and pin.

How long will it take to receive my materials?
Expect about a 4‐6 week waiting period to receive your materials in the mail. This time period may be shorter or longer depending on the time of year you join.

Can I purchase Society of Scholars merchandise from the P.A.D. store?
You may purchase a red and black Society of Scholars graduation cord from the P.A.D. online store. We will consider expanding the selection in the future if there is a demand for it. Let us know if there's specific merchandise you'd like to see.

Is there a scholarship associated with Society membership?
We are working with our benefit partners and the P.A.D. International Foundation to secure new scholarships for Society of Scholars members. All members will be notified by the Executive Office upon availability.

Does membership in the Society of Scholars change my P.A.D. membership?
No, it does not. The Society is a part of your P.A.D. membership. It does not define your association with P.A.D. in any way.

I joined the Society as a pre­law member, will my Society membership continue into law school?
To continue your membership from pre‐law to law school, you must submit your rank information when it becomes available to show you have met the requirements for Society membership at the law school level. You do not need to resubmit your original application fee or an additional application.

If you have lost your original certificate and/or pin, we can replace them at a small cost.

I have a question that is not on this list. Who should I contact?
Please contact the Executive Office at or (410) 347-3118.

Our Mission

Phi Alpha Delta is the world’s preeminent law fraternity because of our dedication to service: service to the student, the school, the profession, and the community.

It is through devotion to the ideals of Integrity, Compassion, Courage, Professionalism, Service, Diversity, and Innovation that we better both our profession and our community. Through accepting our differences we become not just a law fraternity, but a family.