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Woman Goes Into Labor During Bar Exam, Finishes Test

Many women who are nine months pregnant wouldn’t consider taking the Bar Exam in their condition. Of those who would, practically no one would actually keep taking the exam once they went into labor. But that’s apparently what one Northwestern Law student did.

Before the start of the afternoon session on day two (Wednesday) of the Illinois bar exam, the very pregnant 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 active labor, before finishing 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 in the middle of giving birth to a child 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).

Next time someone complains to you about giving birth, ask her if she had to take the Bar Exam in the process. It’s the new standard of tough deliveries.

[Story via The Mary Sue]

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August 2nd, 2011

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