Pre-Law at Virginia Tech

Law Societies at Virginia Tech

The law societies active at Virginia Tech currently include but are not limited to Phi Alpha Delta and the Student Intellectual Property Society. Joining a legal society while an undergraduate can be a good introduction to the law and the legal profession.

Phi Alpha Delta at Virginia Tech

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Service to the student, the school, the profession and the community.

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

Vision: We are the preeminent law fraternity promoting the bonds of fraternalism, and we are the leader in the development and advancement of professional ideals.

Core Values: Bound together by tradition and our common interest in the law, we share these core values: Integrity, Compassion, Courage, Professionalism, Service, Diversity and Innovation.

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International (PAD) is the world's largest legal association. Its members include law students, pre-law-students, practicing attorneys, legal educators, judges, and elected officials.

PAD was founded in 1902. Its goals are to "advance ideals of liberty and equal justice under the law, to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage among attorneys, and to foster integrity and professional competence among its members."

Beginning in 1981, PAD began to extend membership opportunities to undergraduates by establishing pre-law chapters. Today,there are over 270 pre-law chapters of PAD at undergraduate institutions throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico.

The pre-law chapter of PAD at Virginia Tech provides one way for students to meet others who are interested in learning more about a career in law. The chapter sponsors a wide range of activities for members, including visits to area law schools, discussions with local attorneys and current law students, talks about the various steps in the law school admission process, and a variety of other pre-law activites.

For more information about PAD, see If you are interested in learning more about Virginia Tech's pre-law chapter of PAD, please contact one of the individuals listed below.

Officers of PAD for 2023-24:
Officers of PAD 2022-23
President Katie Smith
Vice President Megan Wenger
Treasurer Claudia Budzyn
Secretary Sheryk Luna
Community Outreach Eliza Poole
Membership Coordinator Ethan DeBoer
LSAT Liaison Emilee Wright
Webmaster Madeline Rodriguez
Faculty Advisor Dr. Wayne Moore


The Student Intellectual Property Society at Virginia Tech

SIPS@VT brings together students from all across campus who are interested in intellectual property and the surrounding issues. They work with VT faculty, local professionals, and Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties (VTIP) to provide lectures and other events with the goal of increasing awareness of intellectual property on campus.

You can learn more about SIPS here.