The Legal Studies faculty publishes in a number of prestigious academic and practice-oriented books, and publishes articles in some of the premier law publications around the country. Faculty publishes in a variety of specialties ranging from public policy and real estate, to medicine, the law, and ethics.


The Legal Studies Department is a strategic center for innovative research and knowledge dissemination in the realm of real estate, medicine, corporate compliance, public policy, and the regulatory process. Faculty’s rigorous academic research efforts produce meaningful results that inform industry, government, and public stakeholders. Through the exploration of legislative, judicial, and regulatory issues, we actively explore the roles of law, commerce, and policy in affecting the public and private sectors. The Department features notable strength in white-collar criminal law, employment law, and international trade law. Faculty strives to generate high impact research that influences policy debate and discussion at the local, national, and international levels.

Themes – The Global Impact of Fox School Research

Research is a top priority at the Fox School. Faculty and students across departments regularly make unique contributions that impact the academic world and the global business community, as well as society as a whole. Learn more about the important work done at Fox by exploring the following research themes.​​

The core strength of the Legal Studies department focuses on issues which lie at the intersection of corporate governance, public policy, and the regulatory process at regional, national, and international levels. Specific topics for this theme include the regulation of fraud, bribery and other financial crimes and the impact of corruption upon the public and private sectors; director and officer liability; workplace law and policy, including the impact of and changes in employment discrimination, diversity in the workplace, treatment of whistleblowers and retaliatory behavior; growth and impact of covenants not to compete, arbitration clauses, and disclosure requirements in employment contracts; international commercial regulation, such as business development in emerging markets; international intellectual property enforcement; business related migration and business insurance; and employer rights under the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act.

This theme addresses developments in the real estate sector, including common interest communities, fracking, pipeline development, eminent domain, flood issues, and title insurance.

This theme addresses the intersection of law and medicine in a business setting.

Sample Publications

Boles, J. Criminalizing the Problem of Unexplained Wealth. New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy (Forthcoming).

Eisenstadt, L. Putting ‘Ordinary Meaning’ in Context: But for Causation in Employment Discrimination and Criminal Law. Berkeley Journal of Employment Law (Forthcoming).

Eisenstadt, Leora F. and Boles, Jeffrey R., (2016) Intent and Liability in Employment Discrimination. American Business Law Journal.

Fandl, Kevin J., (2015) Putting States Out of the Immigration Law Enforcement. Business Harvard Law and Policy Review, (9.2)

Eisenstadt, Leora F., (2015) Fluid Identity Discrimination. American Business Law Journal, (52)

Fandl, Kevin J., (2016) Cuban Migration to the United States in a Post-Normalized Relations World. Minnesota Journal of International Law.

Fandl, Kevin J. and Bustamante Izquierdo, Juana, (2016) Incentivizing Gray Market Entrepreneurs in Emerging Markets. Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business.

Boles, J. (2014) Examining the Lax Treatment of Commercial Bribery in the United States: A Prescription for Reform. American Business Law Journal , 51(1), 119-174.

Boles, J. (2014) The Two Faces of Bribery: International Corruption Pathways Meet Conflicting Legislative Responses. Michigan Journal of International Law

Fandl, K. (2014) Trading Migrants: A Smart and Humane Approach to Immigration Reform. Northwestern Interdisciplinary Law Review, 7(127)

Eisenstadt, L. (2013) The N-Word at Work: Contextualizing Language in the Workplace. Berkeley Journal of Employment Law, 33, 299.

Boles, J. (2012) Documenting Death: Public Access to Government Death Records and Attendant Privacy Concerns. Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, 22(237)

Boles, J. (2012) Easing the Tension between Statutes of Limitations and the Continuing Offense Doctrine. Northwestern. Journal of Law & Social Policy, 12(219)