If you're like me, you probably enjoy reading Law School Lemmings. It's an amazing and refreshing reminder that, despite all the pessimism, there are still people who yearn to endeavor in the noble service of the law.
One of my favorite themes to pop up on Law School Lemmings are the numerous posts that praise Elle Woods, the star character of Legally Blonde. Like this. Or this. Or this. My heart is so warmed I'd be roasted marshmallows...if my lungs were made of marshmallow.
In any event, Elle Woods is essentially a Barbie Doll. An anatomically-incorrect, impossible, non-existent fiction that's an exemplar for young women everywhere and totally, totally coo'.
Elle did the impossible, managing to be a nonconformist feminist who remained thoroughly attractive to males while finding vaguely-appropriate courtroom attire. More importantly, she got to show off how smart she was in spite of her looks and fashion sense.
She is, exactly, what young women can and will be if they go to law school and remain true to themselves in spite of the social pressures of the conservative, male-dominated legal system. You want to stay the misfit and ignore your stodgy law school classmates? No big deal, you don't need to network with any of them. You don't want to use your God-given attractiveness? No big deal, you won't need that to get anywhere, and you can choose not to use it. You want to wear pink to court? Don't worry, it won't prejudice your client at all.
And remember: even if you're out on an island of individuality, you can always prove your smarts at your first trial, which will happen well before the credits of a movie where you started in undergrad.
So for propagating the splendid message that colorful independent spirits have a great place in law, here's to you, Elle Woods. Just as Barbie implanted three generations of girls with fanciful, world-enriching ideas of giggly-flat stomachs, playful legs, and better curves than the ones in torts class, you, Elle, have taught a generation of female 0Ls that their love of boutique shopping won't be interrupted by the modest workloads expected of young female attorneys at elite firms. Just as America has been blessed by generations of ideal blondes as designed by hormonal teenages, Elle Woods has spawned a decade (and counting) of bright-plumed, cheerful, super-feminine ladies who defy bimbo stereotypes in our nation's courtrooms.
And now - praise be Hollywood - our Barbie has found her token black friend in Olivia Pope to go with the Ken Dolls on the show Suits. God bless America. And God bless Elle Woods. May thousands more follow her blazing pink path to the destiny of awesome.