Kei Komuro, husband of Japan’s Princess Mako, passes New York bar on third strive


The third time’s the appeal within the New York bar examination for Kei Komuro, a legislation clerk at legislation agency Lowenstein Sandler and the husband of Japan’s Princess Mako.

Komuro’s title appeared on the checklist of those that handed New York’s July bar examination launched October 20, after the Japanese press zeroed in on his failure to move the July 2021 and February 2022 legal professional licensing exams.

He beat the chances as a repeat bar-taker – simply 23% of the greater than 1,600 individuals who took the July examination after failing at the very least as soon as handed, in line with statistics from the New York Board of Regulation Examiners. The move charge for these taking the examination for the primary time in July was 75%.

Komuro has been an object of fascination and scrutiny in his native Japan for years, partly as a consequence of his standing as a commoner. Princess Mako, the niece of Emperor Naruhito, who’s now referred to as Mako Komuro, is not a member of the imperial household following the couple’s October 2021 marriage.

Komuro graduated with a Juris Physician (J.D.) from Fordham College College of Regulation in Might 2021 and has been working as a legislation clerk in Lowenstein Sandler’s New York headquarters for the previous yr – a designation corporations sometimes bestow on new hires who haven’t but handed the bar examination.

His success within the newest bar examination clears the way in which for him to be elevated to affiliate at Lowenstein, although the agency didn’t reply to requests Monday for clarification on his present standing. Komuro, who works within the agency’s company and expertise teams, additionally didn’t reply to requests for remark.

With greater than 300 attorneys, Lowenstein Sandler is the One hundred and fortieth-largest legislation agency within the nation and ranked 103rd in US legislation agency income with $392 million in 2021, in line with the American Lawyer.

Bar examination tutors say the take a look at is particularly troublesome for non-native English audio system. The move charge for foreign-educated attorneys, or LL.M.s, was 44% in July. Komuro started his US authorized research in Fordham’s LL.M. program in 2017 earlier than transferring over to its J.D. program. The primary-time bar examination move charge amongst Fordham’s 2021 J.D.s was 94%.

July’s bar examination passers are scheduled to be formally admitted into the New York bar on January 11.