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WATCH: Mindy Kaling Sends Up Harvard Law School's 2014 Graduates (VIDEO)

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 2, 2014 at 10:52AM

When they began their studies three years ago, this year's Harvard Law School graduates probably expected a staid, solemn Class Day speaker to sent them off into the real world. Instead, they got Mindy Kaling, and a clever, funny speech that they're likely to remember for some time.
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Mindy Kaling Harvard Law School class day
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When they began their studies three years ago, this year's Harvard Law School graduates probably expected a staid, solemn Class Day speaker to sent them off into the real world.  Instead, they got Mindy Kaling, and a clever, funny speech that they're likely to remember for some time.

Kaling's no intellectual slouch--she attended Dartmouth College as an undergrad--but the star and creator of Fox's "The Mindy Project" did make a playful jab at Harvard Law's iconic position in the academic world, telling graduates, "From where I stand, from an outsider's perspective, here's the truth: You are all nerds."

Here are some choice quotes from Kaling's address, which you can watch in full below:

  • "Harvard Law has an incredible number of illustrious alumni. President Barack Obama attended Harvard Law, or so he says. Elle Woods went here, from the trenchant documentary 'Legally Blonde.'  It’s a very moving film, Dean Minnow you should check it out after you read my book..."

  • "I do know a ton about the law because I sue everyone."

  • "With this diploma in hand, most of you will go on to the noblest of pursuits. Like helping a cable company acquire a telecom company. You will defend BP from birds. You will spend hours arguing that the well water was contaminated well before the fracking occurred. One of you will sort out the details of my pre-nup. A dozen of you will help me with my acrimonious divorce."

  • "You are entering a profession where, no matter what the crime, you have to defend the alleged perpetrator. Across the campus, Harvard Business School graduates are receiving diplomas, and you will have to defend them."

And perhaps her best one: "I'm afraid a couple of you probably are evil. That's just the odds."

This article is related to: Mindy Kaling, comedy, The Mindy Project


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.