PILnet proudly presents the 2019 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.

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

From now until 1 October 2019, 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 “Sustainability”. Please refer to the theme guidance. which includes a full description of the theme.

PILnet will select eight finalist teams to advance to the next phase of the competition which runs from October 2019 to January 2020. Finalist teams will be paired with legal mentors and will receive coaching on project design and development. Further details of the competition will soon be available on PILnet’s website.

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.

Information Sessions:
Seating is Limited!

Session I

The information sessions will provide an opportunity for students to learn more about the competition, the current landscape of public interest law, and an overview of community legal services available to low-income and vulnerable communities in Hong Kong. PILnet will also provide training on basic social and legal research to enable students to begin preparing their  Executive Summaries.

Date & Time: Saturday, 24 August 2019, 14:00-15:30
Venue: Good Lab, L1, The Sparkle, 500 Tung Chau Street, Cheung Sha Wan, West Kowloon (map)

Session II

Date & Time: Monday, 16 September 2019, 18:30-20:00
Venue: The CUHK Graduate Law Centre, 2/F, Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong (map)

As seating is limited, please register at least two days before each session! 

Please contact Michelle Ng at [email protected] or 9126-1099 with any questions.


Register for Information Session Today!


Competition now open!

Enter by 1 October 2019

Key Dates

24 August 2019 &
16 September 2019
Information Sessions
1 October 2019
Executive Summary due
7 October 2019
Finalist teams notified and matched with legal mentors
19 October 2019
First workshop organized by PILnet
23 November 2019
Second workshop organized by PILnet
23 December 2019
Full proposal due
11 January 2020
Pitching Event
16 January 2020
Project Showcase & Award Ceremony


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