Monday, 26 Oct 2020

Law graduate gives birth during bar exam – and finishes the test from hospital

A law graduate has given birth during her bar exam before finishing the test from hospital.

Brianna Hill, from Loyola University, Chicago, knew she would be pregnant during the exam, which is the final step in qualifying as a lawyer.

But then the coronavirus pandemic meant the exam was postponed from July to October, meaning she was further into her pregnancy.

She and her classmates took the test remotely from their homes but technology was used to watch each of them to prevent any cheating.

When she started the test, Ms Hill described herself as “ready to go” and “confident”.

But she went into labour just minutes later.

“I didn’t think about it because I was in the test,” she told NBC, but during a break she called her husband and “cleaned myself up” before returning to her test.

She finished the first part of the exam and gave birth to her son Cassius, at a hospital in Oakpark, Illinois.

The next day she took the final part of the test while in hospital, breast-feeding during breaks.

“I woke up and they set up a spare room for me,” she said. “They put a ‘do not enter’ sign on there.”

Ms Hill said going through pre-term labour while studying for the test had helped prepare her for the real thing.

She will find out if she passed the bar exam in December.

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