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Outstanding achievement by Sydney Law School student at Cambridge

29 June 2016
International experience complements student's legal studies

Mitchell Cleaver is the first Sydney Law School student to receive a dual degree from one of the UK's most prestigious law schools.

Mitchell Cleaver in London.

Sydney Law School student Mitchell Cleaver travelled to the UK to study at the University of Cambridge.

Final year Arts/Law student Mitchell has achieved First Class Honours and Fourth in the order of merit for the Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of Cambridge.

Mitchell is the first Sydney Law School student to join the Cambridge Pathways Program.

"It is wonderful that our first Cambridge Pathways student has returned home with such an outstanding result," said Sydney Law School Dean, Professor Joellen Riley.

"His achievement sets the bar very high for our future students in the program."

Commenting on his achievement, Mitchell said that while the Pathways Program may seem daunting, this should not dissuade students from applying.

"If anything, having been in full-time education immediately prior to commencing the course can be a real advantage," he said.

"Although the courses are demanding, they are also incredibly rewarding. Students are encouraged to focus on what they consider to be fascinating, challenging or controversial. There is a lot of scope for independent research."

The University of Cambridge campus where Mitchell studied.

The University of Cambridge campus.  

Mitchell said that one of the most exciting aspects of his time at Cambridge was participating in college life.

"The college system means that one is living and working alongside students from a large number of disciplines, all of whom share a similar love of learning. The sense of community is very strong," he said.

Outside of his studies, Mitchell played on the hockey team at Jesus College and served as a student representative to the law faculty.

"Cambridge is a fantastic place to study and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend a year here."

The Pathways Program with Oxford and Cambridge allows high-achieving students to receive a Sydney LLB or a Sydney JD as well as an Oxford Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) or Master of Law and Finance (MLF), or a Cambridge Master of Laws (LLM) or Masters in Corporate Law (MCL).

Instead of completing the final semester of their degree in Sydney, students commence their studies in the UK in late September, after successful completion of their second-last semester in Sydney.

Admission is competitive and is assessed by the overseas law school.