Attorney Jay Chavkin founded Personal Bar Prep, the small group bar review course, in 1995 and has worked successfully with students from law schools all over the world, preparing them to pass the California bar exam.
Jay lectures on fourteen subjects for the program, but his primary focus is on running the small group sessions with students. His dedicated time with small groups has enabled everyone from first-time takers from top-tier law schools to students struggling with learning disabilities and test anxiety to succeed on the bar. He specializes in helping repeater takers and foreign-educated attorneys 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. He then 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 and spent time as a civil litigator. He spent most of his time while practicing law 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.
Jay now dedicates all of his time to the business of preparing students to take and pass the California bar exam in the Personal Bar Prep bar review course. He is also a California bar exam tutor working with bar exam students privately throughout the year.
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.