Hometown: Westborough, MA
Not all journeys to law school are straight and clear. There are often detours that seem to go in a completely different direction. Sometimes alternate routes take students to different parts of the world, some have attended Ivy League schools, and others have had successful jobs as Wall Street stock traders, teachers, or music producers. First-year Brad Masters can sincerely say that his path has lead to all of these destinations and more.
"I've always been inspired by Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Ever since I was young I felt this urge to produce something uniquely my own," said Masters. As a professional securities trader and self-taught musician who has spent part of his career independently buying and selling private property in New York and Hawaii, making the decision to attend Pacific McGeorge is yet another way that Brad has found to maintain his distinctive self-starter image.
After achieving the title of valedictorian of Westborough High School, Brad was off to Yale where he would major in English, win a National Rowing Championship in four with coxswain, be a research assistant for the English department, and earn a four-year varsity letter as a member of the Yale Lightweight Crew.
Straight out of college, Brad taught seventh grade AP English in Morocco at the Casablanca American School. The following year he taught dyslexic children in New York remedial reading while coaching soccer and supervising the dorms. Brad then charged the electronic securities trading scene where he won the 'Trader of the Year' award three years in a row. After studying, teaching and achieving the top grossing trader title, Brad still felt driven to create something more tangible and something he could truly call his own. "I finally gave myself the gift of fully exploring my creativity by completing three albums of original songs: All Roads Lead to Om (2009), Atmic Reality (2011), Inner Space (2011)."
Brad is a self-taught musician on piano and guitar, and wrote, recorded and mixed all of his own songs in his home studio. "I would say my overall musical taste skews towards jazz and blues." As a side-note they are all available on iTunes for your listening pleasure.
Throughout all of these experiences and accomplishments, Brad learned how important the law is within today's business world. As his bargaining skills became more refined, Brad began wanting to be on the other side of the negotiating table by helping people solve their problems. Working as a legal research assistant before officially starting his first semester at Pacific McGeorge gave Brad a brief glimpse into how the law and business are complimentary with one another; bear in mind his previous fifteen years worth of business experience likely gave him a fleeting look as well.
With Pacific McGeorge's opportune location in Sacramento, warm weather, and the smell of fresh bread wafting from the Sara Lee bakery just a few blocks away, McGeorge has offered Brad even more than what he originally signed up for.
"The quality of my professors has exceeded my expectations. They are caring, passionate and very good at what they do. There have even been some Dead Poets' Society-esque moments in a law school kind of way. How about Dead Lawyers' Society as a sequel? Probably a lot of people would go see that movie just on the name alone. We'd definitely have to have Robin Williams playing Learned Hand."
It seems Brad has found a way to make law school uniquely his own already.