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Brandon J. Middleton-Pratt
Brandon Middleton-Pratt (‘12) may still be a student, but he has his immediate future all mapped out. Once he graduates this year, Middleton-Pratt will be vaulting over to Boston-based law firm Goodwin Procter LLP as an associate in their corporate department.
Middleton-Pratt largely attributes this opportunity to steps he took in his first year at BU Law, when he participated in a Goodwin Procter summer scholarship program geared toward public-interest work. Through his scholarship, Middleton-Pratt established early ties with the firm and gained an automatic callback for a summer associate position after his second year.
Middleton-Pratt says building this rapport with the firm was integral to securing the full-time job that he’ll be starting later this year. Acquainting himself with Goodwin Procter early on was “certainly advantageous in allowing me to have an opportunity after my second year,” he says. “Things went well during my second year, and fortunately I was given an opportunity to start after graduation.”
But Middleton-Pratt also credits his actual law school experience and other recent opportunities, including a range of international travel, as shaping the soon-to-be lawyer he is today.
Some of the highlights of his years at BU Law are his first-year professors. “Every year, [BU Law’s] faculty is ranked number one, number two, and I can say that my experience certainly supports that ranking,” he explains. “I…had an amazing slate of first-year professors, and to me that was a big part of my experience.”
Middleton-Pratt also “experimented” with internships at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office and the UN Commission on International Trade Law in Vienna. And the position in Vienna, he says, went hand-in-hand with his BU Law study abroad experience at Oxford, whose timing gave him the chance to do both in half a year.
“One of the things that was very appealing about the Oxford program was that it runs from January to mid-March,” he says. “So, you get about 10 weeks at the end of that program to play with, and that’s exactly where I was able to fit the Vienna opportunity in.”
That is, Middleton-Pratt was able to participate in a rigorous international corporate law program at Oxford University, intern for the UN in Vienna and return to Boston to work at Goodwin Procter all within seven months in his second year of law school.
As for long-term plans, Middleton-Pratt says it’s all up in the air. “But I enjoy being in Boston,” he adds. “I like it here. It treats me well…I see myself being in Boston for some time to come.” Indeed, it was being in Boston—or, at least, the east coast—that initially drew Middleton-Pratt to BU Law.
It was also the School’s offerings that draw him to Boston. “BU offered a platform that would allow me to do the things that I wanted to do,” he says. “It had demonstrated an ability to place people in the sorts of jobs that I thought I might want.”
Back then, Middleton-Pratt had little idea that this path would be the one he would take. But sitting against a backdrop of the downtown Boston skyline in a sunlit Goodwin Procter conference room, Middleton-Pratt looks like he’s always known this would be his next step after law school.
“Every experience that you have sort of colors what it is that you bring to the table in the future,” he says. “BU Law [gave me] some confidence to be able to take on some pretty immense challenges and to challenge myself and…realize that even when things are difficult, through hard work, I can probably achieve them.”