Nurturing Future Public Interest Lawyers Through Student Competitions – Exploring Its Regional Potential

15.30 – 17.30 | 23 September

Since 2017, PILnet has been hosting the Law for Change Student Competition in Hong Kong as a tool to nurture the next generation of public interest lawyers. The Competition has attracted 69 social change initiatives from more than 250 students. Of them, ten teams were selected to implement their projects, with seed grants and other kinds of support provided by PILnet. Some alumni have since then chosen to work in the non-profit sector and/or have stayed involved in PILnet’s network.
This session aims to introduce the concept of the Student Competition to the audience and also showcase two of the winning projects – giving law students an opportunity to talk about their projects by themselves and hopefully inspire other law students present. The second part of the session then aims to explore the potential of hosting similar competitions in other jurisdictions, both locally and regionally. Through the session we aim to collect feedback and insight how the competition could work outside of Hong Kong and identify potential partners to take it forward with.