Loyola University Grad Takes Law Exam While in Labor, Gives Birth, Finishes Exam

Many aspiring lawyers say they are dedicated to the profession, but one woman just proved it.

Loyola University grad Brianna Hill signed up to take the bar exam in July when she would have been about 5-6 months pregnant. But the state moved the testing date to October due to the pandemic. That put the exam right around her due date.

The test is administered remotely with proctors watching test takers to make sure they don’t cheat. On Monday, at full term, Hill sat for the first day of the exam. But within a few minutes of sitting down, she went into labor. 

Did she panic? Quit? Ask for a break? Nope, none of the above. She kept going.

Hill said:

“I was ready to go – confident. I didn’t think about it because I was in the test.”

During the scheduled breaks Hill called people to let them know she was in labor. She said:

“I cleaned myself up, called my husband and the test kept going.”

She finished the first day of the test, then went to West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, IL, where she gave birth to her son.

The next day she took the second, final day of the exam, in a spare room the hospital set up for her with a “Do Not Enter” sign on the door.

She breastfed during exam breaks.

She won’t know if she passed until December, but does that matter? With such determination and dedication, it sounds like any law firm would be lucky to have her.

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