Christina R. Schaper
BA, Haverford College
JD, Boston College Law School
Ms. Schaper received her J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School in 1995. As a law student, she was Executive Editor of the Boston College Third World Law Journal. After graduating, she worked as a corporate law associate at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP. From 1999 to 2000, she worked at Hemenway & Barnes LLP and at The Center for Women & Enterprise in Boston. From 2000 to 2001, she served as General Counsel at Ennovate Networks, Inc. in Boxborough and from 2008 to 2013, she served as General Counsel at East Hill Management Company, LLC in Providence. From 2001 to 2011, Ms. Schaper taught Business Law for the Paralegal Professional Certificate Program at Northeastern University, and since 2008, she has taught Business Law in the Paralegal Professional Certificate Program at Boston University’s Metropolitan College. She has also taught business law at Curry College in Milton and Assumption College in Worcester. Ms. Schaper also teaches in the Law School’s Transactional Law Program and with the University’s Center for English Language and Orientation Program for LL.M. students. Ms. Schaper also maintains an active business law legal practice. Ms. Schaper received her B.A. from Haverford College.
Contract Drafting: LAW JD 788
This course is the foundational skills course within the Transactional Law Program. It teaches students basic principles and skills of drafting and analyzing commercial and transaction agreements, with a focus on recognizing, and addressing through contractual provisions, key business issues in transactions. Although the course will be of particular interest to students interested in a corporate or transactional law practice, since most practicing attorneys will need to work with contracts at some point in their career, the concepts and skills which the course conveys are applicable to virtually all practice areas and specialties. While the course utilizes lectures to introduce various contract concepts and techniques essential for drafting and reviewing commercial and transaction agreements, it requires that students complete in-class exercises and extensive homework assignments as a means of building basic drafting skills and a solid understanding of the structure and operation of contractual provisions in a business transaction. Grades will be based on the graded assignments, good faith completion of ungraded assignments, and class participation. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 12 students. NOTE: This class counts toward the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: A student who fails to attend the first class or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the class. Students who are on the wait list for a section are required to attend the first meeting to be considered for enrollment.
FALL 2017: LAW JD 788 A1 , Sep 11th to Dec 4th 2017
FALL 2017: LAW JD 788 B1 , Sep 11th to Dec 4th 2017
FALL 2017: LAW JD 788 C1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
FALL 2017: LAW JD 788 D1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
FALL 2017: LAW JD 788 E1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2017
FALL 2017: LAW JD 788 F1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2017
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 788 A2 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2018
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 788 B2 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2018
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 788 C2 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2018
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 788 D2 , Jan 18th to Apr 19th 2018
FALL 2018: LAW JD 788 A1 , Sep 4th to Dec 4th 2018
FALL 2018: LAW JD 788 C1 , Sep 5th to Dec 5th 2018
FALL 2018: LAW JD 788 E1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2018
FALL 2018: LAW JD 788 F1 , Sep 5th to Dec 5th 2018
SPRG 2019: LAW JD 788 A2 , Jan 14th to Apr 22nd 2019
SPRG 2019: LAW JD 788 B2 , Jan 15th to Apr 23rd 2019
SPRG 2019: LAW JD 788 C2 , Jan 15th to Apr 23rd 2019
SPRG 2019: LAW JD 788 D2 , Jan 17th to Apr 18th 2019
Entrepreneurship & IP Clinic (C): LAW JD 724
THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have formally applied to and been accepted to the Entrepreneurship & IP Clinic. The Entrepreneurship & IP Clinic is a full-year clinic that provides students the opportunity to perform work for real clients on a variety of matters typically encountered by entrepreneurs in launching new business ventures, such as choice of entity, capital structure, equity allocation and compensation, intellectual property ownership and licensing, financing and employment arrangements. Students will also learn, through their first-hand client work, the ethical rules of professional responsibility regarding entity representation, including identification of the client, identifying potential conflicts of interest, and advising clients and associated persons as to the nature and implications of the attorney-client relationship. In addition to their fieldwork, students attend a weekly seminar that develops concepts and skills to support their fieldwork. The seminar features substantive lectures, student-led discussions and guest speakers, and students present and discuss their ongoing client matters. The clinic meets for two semesters, with more advanced seminar topics and increased responsibility for cases occurring in the spring semester. PRE/CO-REQUISITE: Corporations. Students are also strongly encouraged to take Contract Drafting and some intellectual property coursework (the IP survey course and/or other subject-matter-specific courses). NOTE: This clinic counts toward the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.
FALL 2017: LAW JD 724 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 724 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2018
FALL 2018: LAW JD 724 A1 , Sep 4th to Dec 4th 2018
SPRG 2019: LAW JD 724 A1 , Jan 15th to Apr 23rd 2019
Research and Writing Seminar: LAW JD 893
This two-credit Legal Research and Writing seminar is required for LL.M. students in the American Law program and optional for students in the LL.M. programs in Banking and Financial Law and Taxation. It is specifically designed to introduce foreign lawyers to the basic principles of American legal writing. In small class settings and individual conferences, students receive guidance on drafting and editing memoranda and agreements. Their work is critiqued and rewritten. The research component of the seminar trains students to locate cases, statutes and secondary material through indexing systems and the latest computer technology. Research assignments are integrated into writing assignments -- exposing students to the methods of US legal analyses -- so that by the end of the term, students obtain the skills needed to write memoranda appropriate for submission to US law firms.
FALL 2017: LAW JD 893 A1 , Sep 11th to Dec 4th 2017
Transaction Simulation: Forming and Financing a Start-Up Business (LLM only): LAW JD 787
This course is a semester-long transaction simulation offered exclusively for LLM in American Law Program and LLM in Intellectual Property Law students. The simulated transaction is the formation and initial financing of a privately-held company in the software industry. The course will expose LLM students to the principal issues involved in counseling U.S.-based entrepreneurs as to their emerging businesses, including choice of entity and entity formation, equity compensation for founders and employees, intellectual property protection of company assets, capital raising through preferred stock financing, and negotiation of financing-related contracts based on industry-standard models. Through in-class discussions, homework assignments and graded writing assignments, students will simulate the work of both junior and senior practicing attorneys who counsel start-ups and their founders and investors. Students will review sample agreements related to start-up businesses such as formation and financing documents, draft and revise such agreements and conduct negotiations for the financing of an emerging business. While the simulation is based on a start-up transaction, many of the principles and concepts will be applicable to a broader range of business deals. The course grade will be based on homework assignments, class participation and graded writing assignments. CLASS SIZE: Limited to 12 students. PREREQUISITE(S): Contracts and Corporations, unless otherwise waived by the instructor. Prior work experience in transactional business law is neither required nor expected. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: A student who fails to attend the first class or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the class. Students who are on the wait list are required to attend the first meeting to be considered for enrollment. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option.
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 787 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 25th 2018
SPRG 2019: LAW JD 787 A1 , Jan 15th to Apr 24th 2019