Applications for mentees are open until 3 February 2023. Please find application instructions below.

Are you a law student or a recent law graduate in Hong Kong, with a desire to use your legal education to serve the public interest? Would you like to learn how to incorporate pro bono work into your legal career? Are you interested in exploring an alternative career path?

Apply to join PILnet’s Public Interest Law Mentorship Program! It is a five-month program and will take place from February to June 2023.


What You Can Expect

This program offers a unique opportunity for students and young professionals to learn from lawyers who have successfully incorporated public interest law and pro bono into their careers.

  • Be paired with an experienced lawyer based in Hong Kong.
  • 5 months in duration, with guidance provided by PILnet.
  • Gain a broader perspective on your future career.
  • Learn how public interest work can be a real part of your legal practice.
  • See examples of alternative career opportunities.
  • Attend presentations by leaders in the field, with opportunities for networking with other mentors and mentees.

Check out the Guide for Mentees & Mentors for further details.


Eligibility Requirements

The program is open to LLB, JD, or PCLL students in Hong Kong, or recent law graduates with no more than two years of post-qualified work experience.

Mentors are experienced Hong Kong-based lawyers, from a variety of backgrounds, with a demonstrated interest in public interest law and pro bono.


Key Dates

Note that these dates are subject to change. Mentors and mentees will also meet informally throughout the program.

Application deadline 3 February 2023
Interviews and selection 8-10 February 2023
Opening event: Meet your mentor *Late February 2023
Mentee-Mentor meetings February to June 2023
Learning Session

(topic to be confirmed in due course)

*April 2023
Closing event *June 2023

Exact date will be confirmed here shortly 

Application Instructions

You can apply by completing an online application form by 3 February 2023.

Limited spaces are available; shortlisted applications will be contacted for a short interview.

Click here to apply


We are grateful to the WYNG Foundation for their support of this program.