Law for Change Student Competition

Application is now closed. Thank you for your interest in the Competition. Please visit this page for updates about the student projects later this year.

The Law for Change Student Competition is an opportunity for students to incubate their own social change projects with:

  • Mentorship with lawyers and/or professionals from other disciplines
  • Workshops and one-on-one consultations on project design and implementation
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded students
  • Partnership opportunities with non-governmental organizations and social enterprises
  • A chance to win HKD10,000 to incubate your project (for the six finalist teams) 
  • A chance to win HKD50,000 to implement your project (for the three winning teams)

 Through this Student Competition, PILnet hopes to encourage the next generation to use the law for public interest.

Focus areas

Students are encouraged to develop project ideas in the following focus areas:

  • Environment and climate change: Solutions that have the potential to advance protection of the environment or fight climate change.
  • Health and wellbeing: Health and wellbeing are defined as holistic concepts and projects may also consider mental, spiritual, and social needs.
  • Decent living: Solutions to the housing concerns and housing crisis in Hong Kong. 

Projects outside the focus areas above will also be considered but these projects should target underserved communities in Hong Kong or bring creative solutions to a social problem.

Key Dates

Subject to change

Application deadline 10 July 2022 (Sun)
Opening event

Mentorship component begins

6pm – 7pm,

15 July 2022 (Fri)

Workshop 1

(Topic: problem analysis and design thinking)

2pm – 4:30pm,

16 July 2022 (Sat)

  • Opportunity for students to consult with PILnet on their preliminary proposals by appointment
Meet-and-greet for students

(Optional: for students to find teammates)

4pm – 5pm,

23 July 2022 (Sat)

Workshop 2

(Topic: project design and monitoring and evaluation)

2pm – 4pm,

30 July 2022 (Sat)

Submission of preliminary proposals

(on a team basis)

14 August 2022 (Sun)
Pitching to shortlist six finalist teams

(if there are more than 30 participants)

Prototyping begins

27 August 2022 (Sat) afternoon
Workshop 3

(Topic: budgeting, confidentiality (if applicable to the student projects))

Sharing session with mentors, NGOs, social enterprises and students 

(To facilitate learning)  

Workshop 4

(Topic: presentation, mock pitching, storytelling and communication)

Prototyping ends

Submission of full proposals, including the findings of the prototyping process

December 2022
Project showcase and award ceremony December 2022 
Implementation of the three winning projects January to September 2023 Minimum 6 months of implementation from the students


Recent Winners

Homecoming (2020 Winning Team)

Homecoming aims to empower local homeless people in Hong Kong by enhancing homeless people’s knowledge of their rights and providing them with social and legal services. To strengthen homeless people's rights, this proposal puts forward a project with three phases.

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Employees’ Compensation Personal Injuries Network (2020 Runner-up Team)

Employees’ Compensation Personal Injuries Network (“EC-PIN”) is a student-led pro bono legal project, which strives for easy protection of workers’ rights to injury compensation. This project aims to empower both workers whose right to employees’ compensation is statutorily protected and workers whose rights have not been recognized through (1) developing an ECPI calculator, (2) public promotion through publishing case articles and information packages and (3) policy advocacy work with the help of NGOs and lawyers.

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Volunteer Rental Mediation Scheme (VRMS) (2020 Runner-up Team)

The Volunteer Rental Mediation Scheme (VRMS) team provides a platform for tenants and landlords to have free mediation over rental issues under the Covid-19 pandemic.

Learn more