About Us

Jay Chavkin–Founder and Director of Personal Bar Prep

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 is the author of an e-book of tips and advice for preparing for the bar exam that is available on Amazon:

Preparing to Pass the California Bar Exam: Getting Ready for the Hard Work of Bar Prep

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.


Teri Chavkin–Advisor for Students with Learning Disabilities

Personal Bar Prep Co-Founder

Teri Chavkin co-founded Personal Bar Prep together with Jay Chavkin in 1995 with a vision to prepare students to pass the California bar exam regardless of their background or obstacles. She consults with Jay on tutoring programs to meet the needs of students studying for the bar exam who have a broad range of learning challenges and disabilities.

Teri holds a Ph.D. in Education from UC Santa Barbara with a specialization in language and literacy. Her research centered on how students with learning disabilities learn to write in academic settings. She also has experience teaching academic writing to English language learners. She has taught writing at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara as well as writing for international students at UC Irvine.

Teri Chavkin is co-author of one of the original reference texts in the field of writing across the curriculum:

A Reference Guide to Writing Across the Curriculum

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