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"Legally Blonde" (2001)


Elle Woods Delivers Student Address at Harvard Law School's 2004 Graduation Ceremony

Audio mp3 delivered by Reese Witherspoon and Holland Taylor

Professor Stromwell: I am, personally, very honored to introduce this year's class-elected speaker. After getting off to a quite interesting start here at Harvard, she graduates today with an invitation to join one of Boston's most prestigious law firms. I am sure we are going to see great things from her. Ladies and Gentlemen: Elle  Woods.


Ms. Woods: On our very first day at Harvard, a very wise Professor quoted Aristotle: "The law is reason free from passion." Well, no offense to Aristotle, but in my three years at Harvard I have come to find that passion is a key ingredient to the study and practice of law -- and of life. It is with passion, courage of conviction, and strong sense of self that we take our next steps into the world, remembering that first impressions are not always correct. You must always have faith in people. And most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself.






Congratulations class of 2004 -- we did it!

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