The third time’s the allure 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 identify appeared on the record of those that handed New York’s July bar examination launched October 20, after the Japanese press zeroed in on his failure to cross the July 2021 and February 2022 legal professional licensing assessments.
He beat the percentages as a repeat bar-taker – simply 23% of the greater than 1,600 individuals who took the July examination after failing at the least as soon as handed, in keeping with statistics from the New York Board of Regulation Examiners. The cross 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 resulting from 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 Faculty of Regulation in Could 2021 and has been working as a legislation clerk in Lowenstein Sandler’s New York headquarters for the previous 12 months – a designation corporations usually bestow on new hires who haven’t but handed the bar examination.
His success within the newest bar examination clears the best way 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 A hundred and fortieth-largest legislation agency within the nation and ranked 103rd in US legislation agency income with $392 million in 2021, in keeping with the American Lawyer.
Bar examination tutors say the check is very tough for non-native English audio system. The cross charge for foreign-educated legal professionals, 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 cross 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.