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Atlanta rapper Rick Ross engages with GSU students who are studying a new generation of law

ATLANTA — Georgia State University College of Law students met “the biggest boss” they had been studying all semester.

Grammy award-nominated and serial entrepreneur Rick Ross attended an event Tuesday on GSU’s campus to close out a course that gave students hands-on legal experience in entertainment law.

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The course, taught by Professor Mo Ivory, studied the career, contracts and legal transactions of Ross.

Ivory, a professor of practice and director of the Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Initiative at the College of Law, said in August that Ross would be the perfect subject for her course.

“As a lover of rap music, hip-hop culture, and in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop, I could not think of a better time to study the career of a visionary like Rick Ross,” said Ivory.

Ivory said students got to dig into the contracts that helped shape Ross’ career and get input from the lawyers who negotiated them.

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For 13 weeks, 40 students heard from 11 guest speakers while learning about Ross.

Ross is the fourth celebrity of focus in the “Legal Life Of…” course.

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Since the course was launched in 2019, students have studied the legal life of Ludacris, Kandi Burruss and Steve Harvey.

The course is part of the Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Initiative curriculum. The initiative focuses on entertainment, sports, media, and intellectual property law.

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