Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) is the typical pampered "Valley Girl" (however she grew up in Bel-Air, across the street from Aaron Spelling) and president of her sorority, Delta Nu, at the fictional CULA, the California University of Los Angeles (an anagrammed spoof of the UCLA). Nearing graduation, Elle expects her Harvard Law School-bound boyfriend, Warner Huntington III (Matthew Davis), to propose, but he instead breaks up with her, saying that her frivolous lifestyle would hinder his political future. Elle later finds out that Warner's brother, Putnam Bowes Huntington III, is marrying Layne Walker Vanderbilt. Crushed, Elle decides she must revamp her image by attending Harvard Law and thereby winning back Warner. With an exceptional LSAT score (179), a 4.0 GPA, and an unusual application video of herself in a bikini, she wins the approval of the admissions board.
At Harvard, Elle is initially met with hostility and skepticism of her abilities, and she finds Warner is already eng