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Next Time You’re Making Up Lame CPA Exam Excuses, Consider This Lady

This woman should shame all of you into cracking open the books, knocking off the whining and doing the damn thing once and for all.

From our former brother from another mother site, Above the Law:

“A friend of mine went into labor while taking the Illinois bar exam,” a tipster told us. “She calmly finished, went to the hospital, and had her baby an hour or two later. Girl’s a real trooper.”

“A certain Northwestern Law alumna went into labor during the second day of the Illinois bar,” said a second source. “She finished the exam and had her baby, her first, at 5:58 p.m. I think that is worth noting.”

Yes, you read that correctly. She was in labor during her exam and still managed to finish. Makes the puking CPA exam candidate seem like a big fat baby (no pun intended) now, no?

Before the start of the afternoon session on day two (Wednesday) of the Illinois bar exam, the very pregnant MBE [“Mother Bar Exam”] 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.

“This was something we joked about with her before the test,” a friend told us. “We didn’t think it would actually happen!”

Fortunately, MBE is as strong as they come. She continued to answer MBE questions, while in active labor, before finishing the exam early, at 4 p.m.

Wait… 9 months pregnant, in active labor and she still finished with time to spare? That woman is the ultimate bad ass.

Granted, it’s not quite fair to compare the bar to the CPA. The bar is held twice a year like the CPA exam used to be, surely this candidate (do they call them candidates?) knew her getting knocked up timeline landed her right in the lap of this possibility. You don’t just throw away that kind of prep to go to the hospital and wait out hours upon hours of labor if you have the uterine fortitude to stick it out.

That said, it’s worth pointing out that her hospital happened to be right across the street from the test.