Vanessa Lock was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended the University of Oklahoma where she obtained her bachelor's degree in journalism and Mass Communication in advertising. After moving back home to Tulsa, she obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law.
While at TU law, Vanessa was a member of Phi Delta Phi, a supervising editor for the Tulsa Law Review, and a Legal Writing teaching assistant. While pursuing her law degree, Vanessa interned at Holden Litigation.