Woman Goes Into Labor While Taking Bar Exam, Gives Birth, Then Completes The Test

An Illinois woman started her remote bar exam from the comfort of her home, went into labor, gave birth, and then completed the test from a hospital bed.

Birth Certif TestPhoto Credit: ShutterstockBrianna Hill, a recent Loyola University Chicago School of Law graduate, originally planned to take the test in July, but due to COVID-19, the exam was rescheduled to October. Once that decision was made, Brianna quickly realized she would be quite far along in her pregnancy at the time of the exam, but she was still determined to take and pass the test.

She took careful precautions and prepared her home’s work area for the remote exam, which has tight restrictions on test-taking conduct to prevent cheating. On October 5, she began her test, and within minutes Hill’s water broke.

“I started taking the [Multistate Performance Test], but since we were remote I couldn’t leave view of the camera. As soon as I stood up when I finished, I knew my water had broken,” Hill told Above the Law. “So I took my break, got myself cleaned up, called my husband, midwife, and mom, cried because I was a little panicked, then sat down to take the [Multistate Essay Examination].”

Amazingly, while in labor, Hill completed the rest of her essays before heading to the hospital around 5:30 p.m with her husband. She gave birth to Cassius Phillip Andrew less than five hours later.

Being that the exam spans two days, Hill was then tasked with figuring out how to take the virtual test in a way that complied with the test-taking standards and restrictions. She worked with hospital staff to find a vacant room and placed a “Do Not Disturb” sign to ensure she wasn’t bothered.

During breaks, Hill used her time efficiently, nursing whenever she got the opportunity.

While law schools and the legal industry adjust to unprecedented times, this story exemplifies the pure will and determination that aspiring attorneys and mothers bring to the table. Hill won’t receive her test results until December, but seeing as she already has a job lined up and a healthy baby boy, she’ll surely remember those two days fondly, regardless of how many questions she got right or wrong.

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