ME: So, did you look at the clinical and intensive options for next year?
ANDREW (ANOTHER LAW STUDENT): Yeah. I’m liking the intensive research one.
ME: I missed that one.
ANDREW: It’s where you team up with three or four other students and you do legal research for an NGO. You know, Amnesty International or Greenpeace or that sort of thing.
ME: Sounds cool.
ME: And probably very liberal.
CLAUDIA (ANOTHER LAW STUDENT): And that’s a problem for you how?
ME: Oh, I’m not complaining.
CLAUDIA: Good, because if you wanted to go to a conservative law school, you should have gone to Alberta.
ME: “University Of Alberta Law: Did You Know You Can Drink Crude Oil?”
ANDREW: “University Of Alberta Law: Mussolini Wasn’t That Bad A Guy”
ME: “University of Alberta Law: Producing Future Members Of The Fraser Institute Since 1971”
CLAUDIA: Oh god just stop.
ANDREW: You know, actually, you can ask to set up your own research program if you can find a willing co-sponsor and other students to work with you.
CLAUDIA: So the Fraser Institute could underwrite my legal education after all!
ME: Well, they’re conservatives. They probably do spring out for more than the lefties do.
CLAUDIA: You’re trying to figure out how often they’d buy lunch for you, aren’t you.
ME: Don’t knock free lunches, woman.
ANDREW: Free lunches are the fuel that drives poor law students.
CLAUDIA: I’m not arguing against free lunches, but don’t you care who offers the free lunch?
ME: Are you looking for an answer other than “no?” Because you’re not going to get one.
ANDREW: If the Fraser Institute shows up tomorrow and offers free lunch while telling us about the evils of public health care, I am there.
ME: Hell with the Fraser Institute. The Future Fascists of Tomorrow could show up the next day and offer a free lunch along with a lecture by Ernst Zundel and I’d go.
CLAUDIA: Oh, god.
ME: “This is the best sauerkraut ever!“