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The University of Oklahoma and McAfee & Taft work to prepare law students for more than just legal studies

published in okcBIZ | April 1, 2013

According to Joe Harroz, dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, “Part of training and educating the next generation of lawyers is how … you become a professional and treat it like a profession.”

For years, McAfee & Taft has teamed up with the state’s largest law school to help students understand what a prospective employer is looking for in a candidate in terms of appearance, presentation and business style as part of its Professionalism Day training. This year, Ron Shinn, a McAfee & Taft attorney who chairs the firm’s Summer Associate program, participated in the training and was later interviewed by okcBIZ magazine for the advice he gives law students regarding attire. His best advice: You don’t have to spend a fortune to look professional. Keep it simple.

“When you come in for an interview, this is not your opportunity to show me how fashionable you are,” said Shinn. “You want to be remembered for your interview, not what you’re wearing.”