Established in the year 1869 to promote a higher standard of professional ethics, Phi Delta Phi is among the oldest of legal organizations in North America. The Fraternity was established only six months after the Columbus, Ohio Bar Association and nine years before the American Bar Association. It holds a unique position in the history of the North American bench, bar, and the law schools as prominent alumni include several U.S. presidents and Supreme Court justices.
Phi Delta Phi has one hundred and thirty-one active chapters - "Student and Barrister Inns" - spread throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Mexico, and has initiated in excess of 200,000 members making it the world's largest legal fraternity whose membership is restricted to students and practitioners of the law.
The Foster Inn, an Indiana University School of Law establishment since the year 1900, is dedicated to providing valuable advice and mentorship to first year law students, serving the community through organized philanthropic activities, encouraging scholarly collaboration, and bridging connections with our international network of accomplished alumni.