Carol Lear

Practice Areas

In the years before Carol Lear started a private education law practice group, she worked at the Utah State Office of Education (now the Utah State Board of Education office) for almost 30 years. While there, she supervised the Professional Practices Commission (UPPAC), wrote and updated administrative rules, was the GRAMA officer, tracked legislation that affected public education and worked with school districts and charter schools to provide information about public school legal issues. Carol was also a high school teacher (for 5 years) and an adjunct professor in the USU Education Leadership program (for 20 years). In 2016, Carol was elected to the Utah State Board of Education for District 7 (Salt Lake City and Park City)


  • Attorney, Lear & Lear, PLLC, (of counsel) Salt Lake City, Utah (2015-present)
  • School Law Specialist and Director and UPPAC Executive Secretary, Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City, Utah (1988-2014)
  • Utah State University adjunct professor, Education Leadership Program (1996-2015)
  • Utah Law Related Education Program, Program Director, Salt Lake City, Utah (1982-1988)
  • High school teacher, Kearns High School, Granite School District (1972-1977)


  • Utah State University (Administrative/supervisory license, 2000)
  • S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah (1982)
  • University of Utah (B.A., English/Journalism teaching credential, cum laude, 1972)

Civic Involvement

  • Utah State Board of Education member, District 7 (2016- present)
  • Education Law Section member of Utah State Bar (1995-present, chair 2003 and 2010)
  • School Community Councils, East High School (2002-2004) and Indian Hills Elementary School (1995-1996)
  • PTA member and pro bono attorney for Utah PTA
  • Leopard Stash weekly volunteer, East High School

Utah Supreme Court
United States District Court for the District of Utah


Phone: 801-883-8003



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Office Locations

808 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Phone: 801-538-5000
Fax: 801-538-5001