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Get to know…Dexter Golinghorst, 3L

Dexter Golinghorst, 3L
Maysville, Iowa

Though Dexter Golinghorst started his undergraduate career as a pre-pharmacy student, he quickly became interested in the laws, regulations, and policies that govern healthcare and the Affordable Care Act’s effect on the industry as he continued his studies.

And, after talking with law students, meeting with the dean, and consulting with mentors, he determined law school would be a good fit, and provide him the base knowledge he needed to pursue a career in health law or government relations.

“I realized I wanted to work with people and advise them on the law and their options under it, instead of a career in pharmacy,” Golinghorst says.

As a student at the University of Iowa College of Law, Golinghorst serves as president of the Graduate and Professional Student Government. Last year, he was co-president of the Iowa Student Bar Association. Golinghorst is also a member of the Pro-Bono Society at Iowa Law and has worked closely with the Iowa Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division to coordinate service and networking opportunities for his fellow classmates.

This fall, Golinghorst is a legal extern at the University of Iowa Health Care. He was previously a summer associate at Simmons, Perrine, Moyer, Bergman PLC in Cedar Rapids and a judicial extern at the Iowa Court of Appeals. This summer he will be at the Chicago office of McDermott Will & Emery in the health group.

Golinghorst is also pursuing a Master of Health Administration degree, which he anticipates achieving in 2020. He plans to work for a firm practicing health law.

“I have loved every second of my time at Iowa Law,” he says. “It’s a tight knit community where the faculty, students, and staff all care about the success of the students and institution. I also think law school is a unique setting where everyone has their beliefs challenged each day with substantive debate about policy preferences.”


Dexter Golinghorst