The Law for Change Student Competition, established by PILnet with the support of the WYNG Foundation in 2017, is designed to get students to ask these very questions. This competition is a way to change how they think about law and the role it plays in our societies. Participants must apply what they have learned in the classroom to issues seen on the street and consider how to enhance the impact of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and, in turn, amplify access to justice.

For 2018, the focus within “Community” is “Family.” In the context of human society, a family is a group of people related by blood (by recognized birth), affinity (by marriage or other relationship),or co-residence. Families in modern-day society take all shapes and forms and students are encouraged to interpret the term themselves in the broadest possible manner. The students’ projects must demonstrate how the law can be used as a tool to build strong, sustainable, and resilient families within their communities.