Join PILnet’s student competition for the unique opportunity to:
  • Make an impact in your community
  • Develop an innovative law project addressing social justice issues
  • Receive professional mentorship and coaching on project development
  • Compete for HK$50,000 seed funding to implement project


PILnet proudly presents the 2018 Law for Change Student Competition, sponsored by the WYNG Foundation. This competition will pair law students with legal mentors as they 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.

Click here to read the update for 2018 Law for Change Student Competition.

From now until 1 October 2018, 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” with a focus on “Family“.

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 immediately upon the conclusion of the competition.

Please refer to the 2018 Team Guide for further details of the competition.

Competition now open!

Enter by 1 October 2018

Key Dates

1 October 2018
Executive Summary due
8 October 2018
Finalist teams notified and matched with legal mentors
13 October 2018
First workshop organized by PILnet
3 November 2018
Second workshop organized by PILnet
30 November 2018
Full proposal due
19 January 2019
Pitching Event
24 January 2019
Project Showcase & Award Ceremony

Legal Mentorship Opportunity for Student Competition


Legal mentors who participated in the inaugural competition in 2017 played a crucial role in contributing to the success of the competition and found the experience both inspiring and rewarding. You, too, can make an impact by being a mentor this year!

Details of Legal Mentorship


  • Law firms, individual lawyers, and barristers are matched with one of the 10 finalist teams.
  • The mentorship will run from October 2018 to January 2019.
  • Legal mentors are expected to meet with their student team at least three timesduring the competition.
  • PILnet will provide trainings to the teams and the mentors on project design and various aspects of implementation during two workshops in October and November 2018.
  • Project Showcase and Award Ceremony will be held in January 2019.
  • Refer to the 2018 Mentor Guide for further details of the competition.


PILnet believes that there is immense value in connecting law students who have innovative ideas with experienced legal practitioners who can mentor, guide and encourage them as they formulate practical ways to incubate their ideas in the legal sector.
Interested in becoming a mentor? Contact us at: [email protected]


Information Sessions – limited seating!

HKU Law Students

Session 1: Monday, 10 September 2018, 12:30 – 1:30pm
Venue: Room 901, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus

Session 2: Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Venue: Room 901, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus

CUHK Law Students

Session 1: Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Venue: Room 515, 5/F, Lee Shau Kee (LSK) Building, Shatin Campus

Session 2: Thursday, 20 September 2018, 12:30 – 1:30pm
Venue: CR2, 2/F, Graduate Law Centre, Central

CityU Career Talk

Ms. Leontine Chuang, PILnet’s Director for Hong Kong, will speak at the career talk organised by the Alumni Association and the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong.
Date & Time: Thursday, 13 September 2018, 3:00 – 4:00pm
Venue: School of Law Video Seminar Room (G5353), 5/F Green Zone, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building


As seating is limited, please register at least two days before each session! Please contact Catherine Cheung at [email protected] or 6106 0892 with any questions.


Register for Information Sessions Today!