Mr. Shrum attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received a degree in Biology. After working in the high-tech, dot-com industry 2 years and then in the House of Representatives for the 78th Session of the Texas Legislature, Mr. Shrum attended the University of Texas School of Law. Throughout law school, Mr. Shrum worked for several Austin law firms gaining experience in probate and estate law, business law, and various areas of civil litigation including contract disputes, civil rights actions, mass torts, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, product liability, and personal injury litigation, including dealing with insurance companies. He also returned to the House of Representatives to work in the 79th Session of the Texas Legislature. Additionally, while still in school, Mr. Shrum became certified as a mediator and mediated several lawsuits.