- Tyler Dinkelaker
Scholarships/honors: Deans List Spring 2015
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about helping others, whether it is in the Pharmacy field, though local charity work or helping clients navigating legal matters.
Do you have an impressive experience? I have been involved in the profession of pharmacy for over 15 years and specialize in compounding (making drugs from scratch.) Now I want to use my talents I’ve developed in pharmacy and law school to help others navigate health care law in the U.S. and potentially beyond its borders!
Favorite TV show: The Newsroom
Favorite movie: Shawshank Redemption
Favorite book: The Tipping Point
Favorite artist/concert: O.A.R
Favorite fictional lawyer (or “lawyer” movie/tv show): Suits
Favorite quote: “Never let school get in the way of your education” – often times attributed to Mark Twain.
Law School Snapshot
Why did you want to go to law school?
I wanted to go to law school to make a difference in the pharmacy community and to impact healthcare for the better. I thought that finding solutions to complex legal and regulatory problems surround the delivery of healthcare would help advance this mission.
What do you want to do after you graduate?
I am hoping to work in a position utilizing my clinical pharmacy, legal, and business backgrounds. I hope this will be with a larger corporation or for a mid to large-size firm.
What advice would you give first-year students?
While grades are important, the personal experiences, connections and how you treat others is realistically the key for your career after your first job. The legal community is even more exclusive than the pharmacy community and so every interaction counts. Be diligent in your studies, but even more diligent in the way that you treat your friends, acquaintances, prospective employers, future clients, and everyone you meet on the street. Never pass up an opportunity to listen to another person.
What makes a successful student?
Make sure you make the time to step back and see the big picture. The ability to be successful in school and practice law not only implicates your understanding of the law, but how you communicate that to your clients, listen to them, and provide them with all the analysis necessary to make the best decision.
What’s your best experience at the School of Law?
My best experience at SLU LAW has been getting to know and take classes from the Health Law Professors we have here. Without a doubt, SLU has the top ranked health law program in the country, full of experts that have worked in a variety of fields across health law.
How do you balance life and law school?
It is a juggling act for sure, but being true to a schedule and making time for friends and family is definitely important. I make it a point to spend at least one day a week (usually Saturday) dedicated to this cause, often having breakfast with my grandpa and then meandering around St. Louis with friends, taking the time to myself, or whatever it may be. Also when it comes to managing your life at school the most important is getting a group of friends together that you can always depend on. For me it was my Legal, Research, & Writing section –we are great friends still and often do lunch, dinner, a happy hour, and of course SOFTBALL. Your friends will help remind you of deadlines and to make time for yourself as well!
Who is your favorite professor?
Professor Dineen – She and I share a lot of common interests in the law and I really enjoy working with her and learning from her!
What impresses you most about School of Law professors?
I have never met a more helpful group of people in an academic community than I have met at SLU. Every professor wants to help you succeed and they mean it. The knowledge base and friendliness of the faculty and staff will be one of the most enjoyable parts of SLU.
What’s your favorite class?
What’s most challenging about adjusting to law school?
The most challenging thing about adjusting to law school is adapting to think in the way that good lawyers do. You constantly have to analyze moving parts on various levels to come up with the best answer. Not being able to see how they all fit together can lead you down the wrong path, but you can learn how to do that though practice! Remember there is never just one right answer!
What professional experiences/summer positions or clinical experience have you had?
I was able to work for the Missouri Pharmacy Association, the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and SSM Health – Contracts Division.
Why did you choose SLU LAW?
I chose SLU LAW because of the Health Law Program, but stayed for everything else. SLU has such a diverse offering of classes that one of my favorite semesters has been immersing myself into classes I never thought I would take like Public Education Law and Labor Law.
What is your favorite thing about SLU LAW?
The different symposiums, speakers, and programs that are put on for the students and community. They really help broaden your perspective of what is going on in Law.
Is there a department, faculty or staff member that has made your SLU LAW experience easier/better?
I plead the Fifth. Everyone here makes SLU LAW a better place and arguably one of the best legal educational experiences that you could possibly get.
What would you tell a potential SLU LAW student?
It will be a tough three years full of ups and downs. It will be competitive, yet very opportunistic. Choosing SLU is like choosing to be part of a large family that imparts to you a valuable set of ideals, supports you every step of the way, and will be a decision you wouldn’t have any regrets about.
Spotlight on St. Louis
What is your favorite part of St. Louis?
Always having a new event to attend, place to visit, or person to meet. I’ve been in St. Louis for going on 9 years now and I still have a list of things that I want to do. It’s also one of the easiest cities to relax in!
What would you tell a prospective student about living in St. Louis?
St. Louis is a great place to live. There are various neighborhoods with their own charm and activities. Everywhere you look there are new things to experience. It's a small community in a big city where neighbors are friendly and always willing to help you out.
What’s does St. Louis offer that you didn’t expect?
So many legal opportunities!
Where’s your favorite place to eat?
Tough one! Faster casual – Sauce on the Side (just blocks from the Law School)
Night out? Charlie Gittos on the Hill!
What is your favorite downtown discovery?
All the live outdoor music and festivals that STL has during the different seasons!