Maxwell Rosenthal

Maxwell D. Rosenthal

Maxwell D. Rosenthal is in-house counsel at a large media and entertainment company in New York City. He is also the author of The Bridge: How to Launch Your Career through a Legal Internship (Lexis Nexis 2015), which can be found on his website Max also frequently speaks at law schools and bar associations on topics related to career development and legal experiential learning. He can be reached at or on twitter at @MaxDRosenthal.

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3 Steps to Making the Most of Networking Events

by Maxwell D. Rosenthal  |  April 06, 2016

Aside from your actual abilities, the next most powerful professional tool is your professional network. Virtually all of your career goals are made possible in one way or another through your relationships. Therefore, the earlier you devote energy towards maintaining, expanding and utilizing your network, the more stability, mobility, security and prosperity you will have in your career. It really is about "who you know." 
 This principle rings especially true during your search for... Read More >

10 Tips for Cover Letter Success

by Maxwell D. Rosenthal  |  February 03, 2016

A cover letter is the first chance you get to present yourself to a potential employee in an engaging way. It allows you to go into detail about your experience, present your writing skills and hint at any research that you've done on the company. Basically, it's your time to show off a little. With that in mind, you should make sure it really stands out. Below are 10 tips on how to do that: 1. Write Eloquently. Along with the requisite qualifications, organizations are always interested... Read More >

Six Things Lawyers Should Know Before Going In-House

by Maxwell D. Rosenthal  |  December 21, 2015

Private firms and government jobs aren't for everyone. Some law students are a much better fit in-house at a company. This is where you can focus on one client and sometimes multiple different practice areas. When deciding if that work lifestyle is right for you, there are a few things you need to know: 1.      Size matters. Larger companies will have in-house legal departments comprised of two or more attorneys, typically titled "general counsel" (partner-level attorney) and "associate... Read More >

One Thing You Must Know When Seeking a Legal Internship: Yourself

by Maxwell D. Rosenthal  |  November 23, 2015

Law school is filled with important decisions. You choose which elective courses to take, clubs and associations to join, journals to write for, seminars to attend, and relationships to develop. These decisions, along with academic performance, will ultimately define your experience and set the stage for your professional career. But the most important decision you'll make is where you will intern. Before making this decision, it is imperative that you take time to really discover who you... Read More >

Seven Things Legal Interns Must do to be Successful

by Maxwell D. Rosenthal  |  October 28, 2015

Law students are now expected to graduate with at least two legal internship experiences under their belt, including externships, clinics, fellowships, summer associate positions, clerkships, or simply a part-time law job during the school year. These opportunities are crucial for getting post-graduate attorney positions, building your practical legal skills, getting strong recommendations, and developing valuable working relationships with attorneys who will be career-long allies. The... Read More >