The 2020 Law for Change Student Competition pairs law students with legal mentors to develop innovative solutions to entrenched social justice needs in Hong Kong, while raising general awareness about the role of law as a tool for change. From now until 4 October 2020, PILnet invites undergraduate and graduate law students in Hong Kong to submit an Executive Summary describing a project that will use the law to address a social justice issue in Hong Kong around the chosen theme of this year’s competition, “Community Resilience.” PILnet will select eight finalist teams to advance to the next phase of the competition which runs from October 2020 to January 2021. Finalist teams will be paired with legal mentors and will receive coaching on project design and development. The winner and two runner-up teams will be awarded a seed grant of HK$50,000 and HK$25,000, respectively, to implement their projects within 6 to 12 months with the support of mentorship from PILnet.

Join our journey in exploring the role of law as a tool for social change and make an impact in your community in Hong Kong!

The Opportunity

Legal Mentorship

Eight selected finalist teams will be paired with a law firm, an individual lawyer, or a barrister in Hong Kong who will serve as mentor to the team. Legal mentorship is a key component of the competition and provides a unique opportunity for students to learn from the mentors’ invaluable experience and expertise.

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Project Design and Development

PILnet will host workshops covering problem analysis, project design, budgeting, risk assessment, presentation skills, and monitoring and evaluation. PILnet will connect student teams with NGO practitioners to provide specific feedback and advice on projects.

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Awards & Project Implementation

The winner and each of the runner-up teams will be awarded a seed grant of HK$50,000 and HK$25,000, respectively, to implement their projects. Other finalist teams who wish to explore the possibility of project implementation will also be provided mentorship support from PILnet.

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