Woman Finishes Bar Exam, Gives Birth Two Hours Later

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My pregnant mother-in-law took her oral exams for one of her master’s degrees a few days after the due date. The baby arrived shortly thereafter. When I’m in those last days of pregnancy, I frankly can’t do anything other than whine and moan. It’s so uncomfortable at that stage. And I get super super huge. But from Above the Law, one of my favorite law blogs, we learn of a woman took the Illinois bar, finished the exam around 4:00 and gave birth at 5:58.

For real.

This comes shortly after learning that a New Jersey woman passed out onto her face on the concrete floor while taking the New Jersey bar exam yesterday. A few minutes later, she rallied, picked herself up off the floor and went back to typing out her contracts portion of the exam.

I’m pretty sure going into labor while taking the bar is even more impressive than that. Here’s how it was described:

Before the start of the afternoon session on day two of the Illinois bar exam (Wednesday), the very pregnant [“Mother Bar Exam,” AKA “MBE”] mentioned to the proctors the possibility that she might give birth during the test. She asked if she could leave early in the event that she went into labor; they agreed.

So Mother Bar Exam sat down for the afternoon session of the Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”). Not long after, she started going into labor — not a little discomfort, but full-on labor….

She continued to answer MBE questions, while in labor. She then finished the exam early, at 4 p.m….

Upon completing the exam, Mother Bar Exam notified the proctors that she was done and needed to leave, seeing as she was, you know, in the middle of giving birth and all. Normally candidates are not allowed to leave the room early, but in this case the proctors accommodated her (especially since she had mentioned the issue to them beforehand).

So she walks across the street to the medical center and gives birth not two hours early. The baby was born by C-section, which is kind of interesting.

So, any suggestions for names?