Woman Finishes Bar Exam While in Labor

Dana Neely

A pregnant suburban Chicago woman went into labor while taking the bar exam, finished the test and gave birth to her son less than two hours later.

Elana Nightingale Dawson, 29, started the final portion of the exam when she went into labor, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday. Her contractions were 15 minutes apart.

Nightingale Dawson said her goal was "to get through the exam as fast as I could and leave" unless anything more serious happened. The exam has to be finished to be valid.

She finished the test and walked with the proctor to a downtown Chicago hospital about a block away. The Downers Grove woman's son, Wilson, was delivered by Caesarean section less than two hours later.

She'll find out in October if she passed.

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