About Us

Jay Chavkin
Founder and Director of Personal Bar Prep

Attorney Jay Chavkin founded Personal Bar Prep, the small group bar review course, and has worked successfully in his bar review course and as a private bar exam tutor since 1995. He has taught students from law schools all over the world, preparing them to pass the California bar exam. His dedicated time with students has enabled everyone from first-time takers from top-tier law schools to students struggling with learning disabilities to multiple-time repeaters to pass the bar exam.

Jay Chavkin earned his B.A. in political science from UC Berkeley and earned his J.D. at Loyola Law School where he published in the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review.

Jay passed the California bar exam on his first try and became a member of the State Bar of California. He worked as a research attorney for Los Angeles Superior Court, did some civil litigation work, but spent most of his time as an attorney in his private criminal appellate practice and has appeared before the California Supreme Court, California Courts of Appeal, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He now dedicates all his time to preparing students to take and pass the California bar exam. 

Jay has guest lectured at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles and Irvine College of Law.

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Jay's Video Series—Simplified

Jay Chavkin has the ability to make complex issues simple to understand. It’s one of the reasons students love his lectures. Jay launched his video series, Simplified, on YouTube to give students brief lessons on some of the bar exam’s toughest topics.

Published Works

Jay Chavkin was invited by the Los Angeles Daily Journal to write the model answers to bar exam questions from the July 2014, February 2012 and July 2012 California bar exams for the Los Angeles Daily Journal November 2014, May and November 2012 New Lawyer Supplements.

Jay Chavkin authored the article, “The Man Without a Country: The Just Deserts of John Demjanjuk” in the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, Volume 26, Issue 2 (1995).