Few people expect the bar exam is going to be easy, but does anyone ever anticipate it being this labor-intensive?
“A certain Northwestern Law alumna went into labor during the second day of the Illinois bar,” an unnamed source told law publication Above the Law. “She finished the exam and had her baby, her first, at 5:58 p.m. I think that is worth noting.”
It's definitely worth noting.
The very pregnant test-taker (who has kept her name confidential) had contacted proctors before the exam to ask permission to leave early from the exam if she were to go into labor. Usually, everyone taking the test is required to stay in the room for the entirety of the allotted time period, but proctors made an exception for the very-soon-to-be mother. One of them even helped her carry her belongings across the street to Prentice Women’s Hospital at Northwestern after she finished the exam.
Just before 6 p.m. — that's no more than two hours after she finished her test — she gave birth to a healthy baby boy, via Caesarean section.
An email going between friends and family after the boy's birth is below. MBE is a replacement of the mother's name which stands for Mother Bar Exam.
We are pleased to announce that [MBE] not only finished the bar exam yesterday at 4pm, but also gave birth to our son, Baby Boy [Last Name Redacted] (name TBD), at 5:58pm.
He weighed in at 6 lbs, 6 ounces with a reach of 19 inches. Mom, Dad, and Baby are doing well. Pictures are attached :-).
While this story surely stole the thunder from other dramatic events of the bar exam this year, a candidate in New Jersey made quite a scene herself when she passed out during the exam, picked herself back up and kept on working.