Producers originally wanted to set the film at The University of Chicago. School administrators declined, however, because of a scene toward the end of the movie where a professor places his hand on Elle`s leg. Filmmakers subsequently decided to have the story take place at Harvard University.
To prepare for her role as Elle, Reese Witherspoon spent two weeks studying the behavior of sorority girls, as she did not wish to portray a stereotypical airhead sorority image. She states on the DVD commentary that they were all very kind and polite, and she enjoyed her time with them. She also observed women shopping from the café at Neiman Marcus, and attended law school for a day.
In the final two scenes (Elle and Warner outside the courtroom, and Elle making the graduation speech), which were filmed after test audiences expressed a wish to find out what happened to Elle after the trial, both Reese Witherspoon and Luke Wilson are wearing wigs. Witherspoon had cut her hair short since finishing filming (although the rest of the film features her natural hair), and had to wear a wig to recreate her courtroom look. You can see her makeup is different, too, as she is much paler than she was in court. Luke Wilson had shaved his head for The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and got a much deeper tan, resulting in quite a different look for him in the graduation scene. However, since two years have elapsed in the film, this is more understandable.
Neither the confrontation with Warner outside the courtroom nor the final graduation scene was a part of the original script. When the movie was tested, audiences were so wrapped up in Elle`s story they were disappointed that she never got her revenge on Warner, and they also wanted to know what happened to her in the end (did she become a lawyer after all?). The two scenes had to be shot in England, because Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Davis were both filming there (she was filming The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), while he was filming another project) at the time. During the graduation scene, only Witherspoon and Davis are actually present. Shots of Jennifer Coolidge, Selma Blair, Luke Wilson and other supporting cast members were filmed in LA and the whole thing was edited together later.
When Elle is in the beauty parlor near the beginning of the movie (just before she spots the picture of Warner`s brother and the Vanderbilt girl), the old woman next to her is reading Seventeen. On the cover, although you can`t see them too well, are Rosario Dawson, Rachael Leigh Cook and Tara Reid, the stars of Josie and the p*ssycats (2001). This is an in-joke from producer Marc E. Platt, who produced both movies.
# # In the novel, Elle is a member of Delta Gamma, an international sorority which is part of the Panhellenic Conference. It was changed to Delta Nu to avoid problems with the real organization.
The closing scene of the graduation was filmed at the Great Hall of Dulwich College in London. This was because Reese Witherspoon was in England filming The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) and that scene needed to be re-shot with the English public school standing in for Harvard Law School.
During the opening credits, a group of (mostly) guys is seen wrestling on a lawn in front of a fraternity house. These folks are actual Caltech students, and were a last-second addition to this scene: they showed up on the set (the row of fraternity and sorority houses featured are administrative buildings on the edge of Caltech`s campus) unannounced and were invited to join in the filming.
Universal passed on making the film. MGM later bought it.
Reese Witherspoon`s character wears 40 different hairstyles throughout the film.
As agreed in her contract, Reese Witherspoon kept all of her costumes after filming.
There is a quick shot of a TV truck from WAJB, Channel 3 in Boston. This fictional channel is a reference to the author of the novel on which the script is based, Amanda Brown.
We see Elle Woods brushing her hair behind the opening credits. This is not Reese Witherspoon, as she was in England finishing The Importance of Being Earnest (2002).
Legally Blonde, the musical, opened at the Palace Theater (New York City) on April 29, 2007 and has run for 579 performances as of October 2008. The musical was written by Laurence O`Keefe, with Laura Bell Bundy starring as Elle Woods.
At the party, Enid Wexler announces that the term `semester` refers to semen and should be changed to `ovester` (as a reference to ovaries). In reality the word semester comes from Latin and means "a six month period".
A perfect score on the LSAT exam is 180 therefore Elle`s score of 179 puts her in the top 0.1%.