Law student takes bar exam while in labor, gives birth, and completes final part in hospital
A future lawyer took her bar exam while giving birth.
Brianna Hill, a graduate from Loyola University, took her final exam on the same day she gave birth to her baby boy, NEWSNER reveals.
Hill’s bar exam was first scheduled in July, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the university had to change the date. While she was well aware that she would be heavily pregnant while taking the exam, the Loyola graduate had no idea she would welcome her son at the same time.
In an interview with NBC Washington, the new mom shared she knew she would be taking the test remotely in her home. Hill sat down at her desk to take the first part of the exam, but it turned out the second one will have to wait. Only a few minutes into the test, Brianna went into labor. She explained:
“I stood up and realized my waters had broken. I cleaned myself up, called my husband and called my midwives and they told me I had time so my husband and I decided ‘ok we’re going to keep taking this test”
Only several hours after completing the first part of the exam, Brianna gave birth to a healthy boy.
Hill’s son, Cassius Phillip, was born at West Suburban Hospital in Oakpark, Illinois. However, the mom still had to finish the test. The law graduate spent the following day taking the second part of the bar exam in a quiet room at the hospital set up specifically for her. Describing the situation, she said:
“I woke up and they (hospital staff) set up a spare room for me. They put a ‘Do not enter’ sign on there.”
Even though the exam was particularly challenging for Hill, she managed to complete it successfully. While she admits the whole experience was “definitely a little crazy”, she shared she couldn’t think of another option at the time.
Hopefully, when Brianna finds out her results in December, the unusual challenges she had to go through will be worth it. Until then, she has a wonderful reason to be the happiest person in the world – her adorable baby boy!