Ally McBeal, a recent graduate from Harvard Law school is harassed at work by a senior associate. After being fired for complaining she runs into a former classmate Richard Fish, however she receives the shock of her life when she finds out her childhood sweetheart, Billy Thomas, is an associate at the firm.
We are introduced to Ally as a woman who once had a great love with a boy she has known all her life. She follows him to law school only to have him break up with her. Cut to Ally leaving her current job over an ongoing sexual harassment case she has against a co-worker. She then runs into Richard Fish, a friend from law school, who she didn't like so much who offers her a job. Ally takes the job only to find out that Billy, her past love, works there as well and that he is married.