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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Emmet is driving Elle back from the spa, his lips aren't moving as he talks.
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When Elle is saying goodbye to Paulette in the beauty salon, there is a shot in which Paulette's lips are moving but no audio is heard.
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Continuity 

Shortly after Elle is kicked out of Professor Stromwell's class, and meets Emmett, she runs into Warner, and immediately after him, Vivian. This would make no sense, as Stromwell's class had just started and Vivian would still be there.
When the new students are in a circle to introduce themselves there are 6 students shown in the shot of all of them, however when they go round all students individually there are only 5 (including the experienced student) because the fourth student is cut out.
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Warner's hair changes from being combed over (left to right) when he picks Elle up at the sorority house to straight back in the restaurant, also shorter. It is again combed over when he picks her up in the car shortly after.
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The cover of "Seventeen" magazine that the old woman is looking at in the LA beauty shop changes. (This is because the cover was digitally changed to show Josie and the Pussycats).
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When the camera first shows Elle in Professor Callahan's class, she is sitting next to Warner and Vivian. After Callahan is asking them questions, Elle is sitting in the row behind them.
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While Elle is in her dorm room at Harvard and talking to her California friends on the phone, her bedside light turns on and off.
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Elle's hair is alternately smooth/wispy between shots when she talks to Vivian in her dorm room.
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While Elle is presenting Brooke with her gift basket in prison, the flowers are alternately standing up/flopped over between shots.
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When Elle visits Brooke in the prison, her hair changes for being over the phone to under the phone between shots.
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When Warner is breaking up with Elle, the couple behind Warner pick up their wine glasses twice between shots.
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When the group leaves after meeting Brooke for the first time, Elle's hair repeatedly switches from being down by the side of her face, to being behind her ear between shots.
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When Elle is talking to the woman in the salon about becoming a law student her hair goes from being tucked behind her right ear to hanging loose between shots.
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The position of Elle's hair changes from in front of her shoulder to behind to back in front while talking to the counselor about attending Harvard
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When Elle visits the beauty shop for the first time, her hands are alternately in/out of the bowl between shots.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Elle and Paulette drive to her ex-husband's house to pick up Rufus, the camera is reflected in the car door.
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When Elle is in the elevator after Vivianne and her fought, and you see Elle sad if you look near the bottom right corner you can see a camera man looking back and forth between camera and Elle
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When Elle and Paulette are in the house as the snow begins to fall and they look out the window, we see a reflection of bar holing the camera in the window.
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Errors in geography 

On the way to meet Mrs. Wyndham at the spa, Elle and Emett drive past assorted subtropical plants. The spa is in Massachusetts where the climate is far too cold for subtropical plants to survive.
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It would be nearly impossible for Brooke Taylor to live in a mansion in the Beacon Hill section of Boston. Mansions found on Beacon Hill do not sit on enough land to have a pool. The area is too densely inhabited.
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Factual errors 

The judge refers to the case as "the State v. Brooke Windham". Massachusetts, like Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky, is a commonwealth and would have been referred to as such by any judge.
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When the new law students are introducing themselves, Enid says that she has a Ph.D. in Women's Studies from UC Berkeley. Berkeley doesn't have a graduate program in Women's Studies.
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Characters make casual references to numerical class ranks at both Harvard and Yale Law Schools. Neither law school ranks students in this manner (Harvard has not done so since the late 1960s), and Yale Law School does not even assign grades (classes are pass/fail).
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When a witness is testifying in a trial, they are only sworn in once, before they are questioned. If they retake the stand for further questioning, they are reminded of their oath. However, Chutney is sworn in the first time - when she is testifying before her mother and the pool attendant - and then again when she goes to answer questions for Elle.
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We know that Elle and Warner are both in Callahan's class together, but that Warner is not in Stromwell's class with Elle. However, Harvard, like most law schools, divides its first year class into sections that take every class together. Warner should either be in all of the same classes as Elle or none of them.
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In the courtroom scenes the U.S. and state flags have been placed on the incorrect sides. The National flag is to be displayed to the right of the speaker, in this case the judge.
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Elle says she lives in Bel Air across the street from Aaron Spelling. Aaron Spelling's mansion is in the Holmbly Hills section of Beverly Hills, not Bel Air.
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The portrayal of Harvard Law admissions procedures is not accurate.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Elle and Paulette are confronting Paulette's ex-husband about Paulette having custody of their dog, Rufus, Elle says that Paulette has custody rights according to Habeas Corpus. Habeas Corpus allows a prisoner the right to be presented before a court by a bailiff, not the right to have custody of pets. However, Elle is merely using this term so as to sound official and to confuse Paulette's ex-husband, not to be correct in her terminology.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Elle makes her way to the Elevator and gets inside of it, in the gold mirror on the back wall, you can see a shadow of Vivian, who is waiting to come on set for her part of the scene.
When Elle is waiting in line for the drinking fountain, the woman in front of her bends down to make it look like she is drinking but does not actually drink.
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When Elle's friends Serena and Margot deliver the good luck card at the beginning of the movie, Serena licks and seal the envelope, then Margot slides it under Elle's door. When Elle opens it moments later, the glue should still be wet yet she has to rip the open as if the glue was dry.
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When Elle calls her friends Serena and Margot from Harvard, Serena tells Elle that she got bangs - yet in the beginning of the movie in the scene on the CULA quad, Serena clearly already has bangs.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After Elle wins the case, reporters are surrounding her as she and Brooke walk down the stairs. After one reporter asks a question, you can clearly hear Brooke's voice answering the question, however, her lips don't move.
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Continuity 

Elle's make-up changes noticeably when she confronts Warner after Brooke is acquitted. This is because the scene was filmed separately in London while Reese Witherspoon was filming The Importance of Being Earnest.
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Continuity 

When Elle is giving her speech at the end of the movie, before she looks at the professor her hair on her shoulder is messed up and then when she looks back it is fixed.
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Factual errors 

The graduates are all shown wearing identical hoods over their black gowns. In reality, graduates at Harvard Law School Commencement wear a hood with colors that represent the institution of their highest prior degree, which would differ for each individual.
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Factual errors 

In the final graduation scene, the faculty members on the stage are all wearing mortarboard caps. In fact, they should be wearing the traditional "doctors" graduation caps which resemble Scottish tam-o-shanters.

Factual errors 

Brooke could not have hired Elle as her attorney after firing Callahan. Although Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rule 3.03 (cited in the film) does state that a law student may appear in court under the supervision of a licensed attorney, two key points from that rule are left out, either of which would have barred Elle from representing Brooke. One, the law student must have taken Evidence, which is not a first year class at Harvard or any other law school. Two, in order to appear in court in a criminal case, the law student must be a third year student.

Factual errors 

The judge orders Chutney taken into custody and charged with her father's murder. Judges do not have the authority to file charges or order prosecutors to file.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Elle gets in the lift after she has been propositioned by her professor in his office (before she takes over in court), before the lift doors close Vivian's reflection can clearly be seen in the brass plaque opposite the lift before she moves into the shot and converses with Elle.
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