Elle soon encounters Warner, but discovers he is engaged to another classmate, Vivian Kensington.
After much effort, Elle scores a 179 on the Law School Admission Test and combined with her 4.0 GPA, the Harvard panel admits her.
Upon arriving at Harvard, Elle's So Cal personality is a complete contrast to her East Coast classmates, who refuse to take her seriously.
This causes strict female professor, Professor Stromwell, to lecture her and force her out of the class.
Elle meets Emmett, who gives her advice for handling each of her professors.
Elle Woods, a student of fashion merchandising and president of her sorority, is taken to an expensive restaurant by her boyfriend, the governor's son, Warner Huntington III.
She expects Warner to propose, but he breaks up with her instead, reasoning she is not serious enough for his political aspirations.
As the story progresses, Woods has to work on a case to help clear the name of fitness instructor Brooke Windham, who has been accused of murdering her husband.
The film was released on July 13, 2001, and received positive reviews from critics.
Impressed by Elle's ingenuity, Vivian befriends her and reveals certain things about Warner that not even Elle knew about.