CEB is a self-supporting program of the University of California that is cosponsored by the State Bar of California. We have innovated since 1947 to continually deliver useful information about the law, and the practice of law, in California.
Our mission: provide practical legal resources to help California lawyers achieve success.
In fulfilling our mission, we aim to be:
Connected to California
CEB is by and for California lawyers: our products are California-specific and feature the best and brightest lawyers in the state. We are located in Oakland, California and—unlike many other legal content providers—our writing, editing, and production take place in-state. Our close connection to California informs our work and results in better resources for our customers.
Connected to the Legal Community
Our commitment to the California legal community extends beyond our products and services. We are proud to support educational, outreach, and pro bono activities throughout the state.
We offer special discounts and programs to Legal Services Organizations as well as law students, professors, and young attorneys. Our interest in advancing the legal profession also has led us to issue or co-sponsor awards that recognize outstanding accomplishments:
We regularly work with other organizations to sponsor or underwrite activities that advance our mission. Recent joint-efforts include work with the State Bar of California, California Young Lawyers Association, California Women Lawyers, and the Los Angeles County Law Library.
CEB was founded in 1947 to educate veterans returning to the practice of law after service in World War II. It pioneered formal continuing legal education and modernized its presentation by providing short courses in locations that were convenient to California practitioners.
It was soon apparent that attorneys were as interested in written material as they were in the oral presentations, interest that translated into the development of the CEB practice book. From their initial appearance as modest handouts, practice books evolved into comprehensive, regularly updated, publications.
CEB's commitment to innovation produced early forays into tape recordings, video productions, telephone programs, and software. The CEB website was launched in 1997; online programs were introduced in 1999.
CEB continues to set the standard for the finest research, writing, and presentation by the top lawyers in the state.