Incubation Program

The Law for Change Incubation Program aims to nurture the next generation of pro bono and public interest lawyers by equipping law students to become changemakers and create social impact through solutions that address social justice issues in Hong Kong. 

Student teams will develop social change projects over two years, and with the support of PILnet and mentors in its network, each winning team will implement them with a civil society organization (CSO). This will be an invaluable learning experience for students; at the same time, underserved communities will obtain otherwise inaccessible free legal support, and lasting cross-sector partnerships and networks will be born.

To apply for this program

Executive summaries should be submitted to [email protected] by midnight (11:59pm HK Time) on February 13, 2022.

For any enquiries, please contact us at [email protected]

Application Details

Key Dates

Subject to change

  • January 20, 2022        Information session – sign up
  • February 13, 2022      Deadline for submission of the executive summary
  • February 24, 2022       Opening event
  • March 11, 2022           First workshop organized by PILnet
  • March 25, 2022           Second workshop organized by PILnet
  • May 16, 2022               Project proposal deadline
  • June 10, 2022              Third workshop organized by PILnet
  • June 24, 2022              Pitching day and annual networking reception
  • December 2022           Projects showcase and award ceremony

The prototyping phase will be from June to December 2022. The winning student teams will be expected to implement their projects for six to nine months starting from January 2023.


  • Students should form teams of two to five people.
  • Each student can only join one team.
  • Teams may be composed of students from different institutions.
  • The Program is most suitable for students who have completed at least one year of a Bachelor of Law program or are enrolled in a postgraduate law program in Hong Kong.
  • We highly encourage non-law students to work with law students to form a team, as long as half of the team is enrolled in any law program in Hong Kong.
  • Consent of partnership with a CSO is a requirement. This should be secured when the executive summary is submitted. The list of CSOs that have agreed to be potential partners can be found here. Students are also welcome to find their own CSO partners.

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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Save Our Restaurants (2020 Runner-up Team)

The Save Our Restaurants (SOR) team provides a platform for tenants and landlords to have free mediation over rental issues under the covid-19 pandemic.

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