Prior to beginning the steps necessary to charter a new Student Inn, interested law students should familiarize themselves with the Constitution of Phi Delta Phi. Since 1869, Phi Delta Phi has been a student-run organization, and the Constitution is the embodiment of the collective wisdom of our student members. Particular attention should be given to Article III (the requirements for membership), Article II (the requirements for chartering new Inns), and Article VIII (the officers of the Inn).
Under Phi Delta Phi’s Constitution, to be eligible for the charter of a new Student Inn, a petitioning group must consist of at least ten (10) students of the law school, which, if located in the United States, has been accredited by the American Bar Association (provisional accreditation is acceptable). If the law school is located outside of the United States, the law school must be recognized as a standard institution for legal training in the jurisdiction in which it is located. The petitioning group of students — even if initially fewer than ten in number — is often referred to as the Phi Delta Phi "Colony” at the law school.
Phi Delta Phi Inns impose an Honor requirement for membership. Article III, Section 3(a) of the Constitution lays out the requirements, leaving room for determination by the Inn, with such determination normally being codified in the proposed Bylaws for the new Inn.
Finally, the Constitution provides that the Council of the Society shall formally assign a name to each new Student Inn. Normally, the Colony selects the name it prefers and asks the Council to approve that selection. The Council gives considerable deference to the name requested by the Colony.