Woman Goes Into Labor During Bar Exam & Finishes

pregnant bellyAs far as I know, there's no way to earn extra credit on the bar exam, but one Illinois woman certainly deserves it if anyone does. While taking the notoriously tough test, she went into active labor. Instead of excusing herself to go birth the baby or anything rational like that, she just finished the test.

While she has yet to be identified, numerous sources told Above the Law of her badass behavior. “She calmly finished, went to the hospital, and had her baby an hour or two later. Girl’s a real trooper," one source told the site. To say the least!


She completed the exam at 4 p.m., and they thankfully let her leave the room early given her birthing a baby and all. There just so happened to be a hospital across the street, so she walked over (a test proctor carried her bag), checked in, and delivered her baby boy at 5:58 p.m. All in a day's work, I guess, but wow.

If it was her eighth kid or something and she knew what to expect, that would be one thing. But this was her first child. I can't imagine a) being able to concentrate well enough to take a test with intense pain shooting through my body, and b) caring about anything but getting to a doctor or midwife to ensure my baby's safety.

Part of me thinks she's a rockstar for finishing the task at hand despite the pain, but another part of me thinks she was pretty irresponsible. So many things could have happened. Maybe she was just so fueled by adrenaline she didn't exactly know what to do, and she was right by a hospital.

One thing is for certain -- I would so want this woman representing me as an attorney. You know she's tough. She really needs to put her birth story on her resume ... assuming she passed the test.

What do you think -- was this lady fierce for finishing or a bit irresponsible for putting her career ahead of her baby's safety? 

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