When you’re studying for the bar exam, you deserve to be treated like an individual.

Small Group Meetings 3 Times a Week

Small group meetings, three times a week with experienced California bar exam tutor Jay Chavkin, will form the heart of your bar review course.

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Live, Interactive Lectures

To build a strong foundation, you will attend fourteen brief, substantive law lectures. Our live lectures are intimate and interactive so you are never anonymous!

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A Learning by Doing Approach

The key to passing the California bar exam is writing dozens of bar essays and answering thousands of MBE questions, with detailed feedback to ensure your success.

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Bar Exam Tutor Available

When you need more personalized bar preparation, Jay Chavkin offers comprehensive private, one-on-one bar exam tutoring that is second to none!

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The Small Group California Bar Review Course

Personal Bar Prep is the small group California bar review course offering a uniquely personal approach to bar preparation. We’ve been preparing people to pass the California bar exam since 1995.

At Personal Bar Prep, we believe that learning happens when students directly interact with the material. The “big box” California bar review courses put students in front of lectures for weeks on end and the research on test preparation just doesn’t support this method. When you’re preparing to take the toughest bar exam in the country, you want to study smart because there’s a lot of complex material to cover in a short period of time. You want a tested approach to your bar review that makes sense.

Ask yourself: Where is your mind during the average lecture? How engaged are you? How about during hour four…or five…on day three of the week…then day four? And on and on it goes.

There’s another way. A better way. Practicing. Working hard, engaging directly with the bar exam essays, the MBEs, the performance tests…and then talking about your answers with others. Getting your questions answered. Because you will definitely have questions. If you’re a bar exam repeat taker, you know that.

Personal Bar Prep’s bar review course is comprehensive and provides:

  • Live, interactive lectures that focus on just what you need to pass the bar exam–nothing more
  • Most importantly, our well-known three-times-a week small group meetings with experienced California bar exam tutor Jay Chavkin, during which you’ll discuss bar exam essays in a structured, supportive learning environment
  • Arguably the best MBE workshop in the state taught by a nationally recognized MBE expert who has taught tens of thousands of bar exam students
  • Focused, comprehensive materials
  • Thoughtful, directed personal feedback on all the bar essays you’ll write for the course
  • Performance test workshops
  • Practice exams with personal feedback–not just a score
  • Unlimited access to your instructor, Jay Chavkin–email him or call him with questions and he will get back to you as soon as possible

We’re different from other bar review courses. And we will make your passing the California bar exam OUR priority.

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Call Jay Chavkin for a free analysis of your past scores on the California bar exam. Contact us to let us help you determine your areas of weakness and discuss a plan of action to get you on track for success in your upcoming bar review course.


We prepare students from Los Angeles to Sacramento to Tokyo for the California bar exam. All lectures and small groups can be attended interactively either live in Los Angeles or online through GoToMeeting with the same level of personal attention.


Secure your spot in our upcoming small group Bar Review Course session. Deposits are being accepted now for the February 2020 and future sessions. Please call soon as our enrollment is limited in order to keep our program personal.