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Faculty and Staff Profile

Frances Edwards

Associate Professor, Legal Studies

Office: 327 Sirrine Hall
Phone: 864-656-4536
Fax: 864-656-4892

 Educational Background

University of Kansas

Classic English Literature B.A.
Graceland University

 Courses Taught

The Legal Environment of Business (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Business Law
International Business Law (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Construction Law (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Mediation and Negotiation (Graduate)
Cyber Law
Negotiations and Dispute Resolution (Graduate)
Legality and Ethics in the Business Environment
The Legal and Business Setting of Europe
The Legal and Business Setting of Asia


Dr. Frances L. Edwards, J.D. is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies at Clemson University, coming to Clemson from Texas A&M University where she was an assistant professor. Before entering a university career, she worked in the negotiation of contracts, leases and joint operation agreements for ARCO Oil and Gas Company. Professor Edwards has also worked two years in Tokyo, Japan before entering law school; organized the first study abroad programs in Asia as a faculty member of the Texas A&M’s College of Business; has been an Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of three private international companies; and has conducted business in over 11 foreign countries. She spent four years in Italy as the Associate Director of the CIMBA Italian Program, assisting in the program’s organization as well as teaching graduate courses. She has a language proficiency in Italian and a working knowledge French and Japanese. In addition to her teaching and research activities, she has organized and was director of her college’s Office of International Affairs. Her research emphasis is primarily in international contracts and business practices, and her teaching activities have included a number of courses, one of which is The Legal Environment of Business at both the undergraduate and MBA level, using the text on which she is a co-author, The Legal Environment of Business, now in its 13th Edition.

 Research Interests

The International Legal Environment of Business
Comparative International Business Policies
International Contracts and Negotiations
The U.S. Legal Environment of Business
Law and Discriminatory Practices

 Research Publications

Christopher F. Thornberg, PhD and Frances L. Edwards, J.D., Failure of Trade Lieberalization: A Study of the GATS Negotiation, Journal of International Business & Law, Vol 10, No. 2, 2011; Frances L. Edwards, J.D. and Grayson Bennett Thompson, The Legal Creation of Raced Space: The Subtle and On-Going Discrimination Created Through Jim Crow Laws, The University of California of Berkely Journal of African American Law & Policy, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2009-2010.

Book: Meiners, Ringleb and Edwards, The Legal Environment of Business, West Publishing Company, 13th Edition, 2017.