In 2017, PILnet, with the support of the WYNG Foundation, established the Law for Change Student Competition. The competition aims to stimulate engagement in public interest law among law students in Hong Kong through the development of projects that use the law to address social justice issues and increase access to justice.

The theme for the 2017 Law for Change Student Competition is “Equality”. Equality is commonly understood to mean equal treatment, with people being given the same resources and opportunities. Equal treatment, however, may not necessarily result in equality, because people live in different circumstances, face different challenges and have different needs. Equality encompasses equal treatment as an ideology, a codification of the idea, and the actions that address these specific circumstances. Student teams must build projects that demonstrate how the law can be used as a tool to achieve equality