Georgia State University Law Incorporates THE LEGAL LIFE OF RICK ROSS
In a class created by Professor Mo Ivory, students will dive deep into the contracts that helped to shape the celebrity’s career.
“The Legal Life of Rick Ross” is a course created and this semester taught at Georgia State University College of Law by Mo Ivory, professor of practice and director of the Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Initiative, the university announced in a press release. For the fall 2023 academic year, law students will study the legal life of Grammy® award-nominated, multiplatinum recording artist and serial entrepreneur Rick Ross, also known as the “Biggest Boss.” It’s the forth installment of the “Legal Life Of…” after Ludacris, Kandi Burruss, and Steve Harvey.
“As a lover of rap music, hip-hop culture and in celebration of the 50thAnniversary of Hip-Hop, I could not think of a better time to study the career of a visionary like Rick Ross,” said Ivory. “When I began my research on Ross, I realized early on that my students would learn about a businessman who turned his love of music into an empire that includes massive real estate holdings, food and beverage franchises, investments in the car and bike industry, literary works and corporate equity ownership.”
The class provides law students with the unique opportunity to gain hands-on legal experience in the practice area of entertainment law by studying the career, contracts and legal transactions of Rick Ross. The students will have the opportunity to apply those legal principles to a real-world business.
“I’ve always been a student of the game,” says Ross, “and I look forward to being able to teach the next generation how to keep hustlin’.”
In class, students will \. They will learn legal concepts like drafting, interpreting and negotiating deals with a focus on varying types of client representation, along with risk and crisis management inherent in today’s entertainment industry.
Ross has a massive career, says the university, that spans music and countless business ventures. Ross is a real estate investor, the CEO of Maybach Music Group, a franchise owner of more than 25 Wingstop locations, the owner of several Checkers and Rally’s restaurants, partner in Sovereign Brands, the CEO of Rick Ross Car & Bike Show and the Boss Up Conference. He also holds partnerships in the cannabis industry and more. Ross is a Grammy® Award-nominated multi-platinum superstar, a two-time New York Times best-selling author, and a business magnate.
Brett Graff is SocialMiami.com’s managing editor and has been a journalist covering money, people and power for over 20 years. Graff contributes to national media outlets including Reuters, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Maxim, and the PBS show, Nightly Business Report. A former U.S. government economist, her nationally syndicated column The Home Economist is first published in The Miami Herald and then on the Tribune Content Agency, where it’s available to over 400 publications nationwide. She is broadcast weekly on two iHeartRadio news shows and is the author of “Not Buying It: Stop Overspending & Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids,” a parenting guide for people who might be tempted to buy their children the very obstacles they’re trying to avoid.