Katherine Lee Carey

Special Counsel
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I help colleges and universities to understand the complex regulatory requirements of the states, accreditors and the US Department of Education.

About Katherine

Katherine Lee Carey's practice focuses on the legal, accreditation, administrative and regulatory aspects of regionally and nationally accredited higher education institutions and companies that provide services to the education industry. She provides clients with interpretation and implementation guidance on legal and regulatory changes, including impact analysis and strategic plans to implement complex regulatory requirements and compliance structures.

Katherine has extensive experience in the development and implementation of legislative and policy priorities at the federal and state levels and in accreditation and licensing matters, including ACCSC, ACICS, ABHES and WASC.

Prior to joining Cooley, Katherine was the general counsel and vice president for government affairs at West Coast University and American Career College in California. She is a member of the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) and chair of the advisory board for the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).


University of Denver Sturm College of Law
JD, 1999

Siena College
BA, 1995, magna cum laude

Memberships & affiliations

National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)