Lance received his undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. He is a member of the Utah State Bar and the State Bar of Nevada. After law school, Lance clerked for the Honorable Darold J. McDade in the Fourth District Court. He then started working for the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association as a trial attorney. Lance has handled hundreds of criminal cases ranging from class C misdemeanors to first degree felonies.