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A Message from the Dean

Dear ONU Law community:

I am excited to join this very special law school – the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law – as your new Dean. I made the decision to join this community because I so clearly see the value of ONU Law in today’s legal world. This is a special place where students, faculty, and staff work together to create a phenomenal learning experience. Where students become their best selves. Here, our students create their professional identity, develop their legal acumen, and discover their future.

We provide one of the best “practice-ready” educations available at a private law school. Our student-centered program focuses on teaching, learning, and doing. I see it everywhere – from the readily-accessible faculty, throughout our competition teams, and in every one of our outstanding clinical and experiential learning opportunities.

At ONU Law, students are never just a number. People call you by name, know you on sight, and care about your success. There is a transformative magic in the process of becoming a lawyer, and I believe that process is even more special at a place like ONU Law.

Our loyal alumni agree – their experience at ONU Law was unlike anything before it. Our graduates practice in all 50 states as legislators, public defenders, judges, private practitioners, and government attorneys. They turn into invaluable resources for our students, as advisors, donors, and speakers. When our students get here, they understand what it means to become part of a tight-knit family that takes care of its own.

As the new Dean, I see the future our students are reaching for, I see our incredible network of alumni who lead by example in the legal profession, and I see the character of the people who make up the ONU Law community. Like you, I am excited for the future, and grateful for the opportunity to make a difference.

With the beginning of a new academic year around the corner, I invite you to visit us and see the “ONU Law Difference” firsthand. We have an exciting year ahead.

Charles H. Rose, III

Dean of the College of Law


Dean Rose previously served as professor of law and director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy at Stetson University’s College of Law in Gulfport, Fla. Stetson University College of Law has been ranked the No. 1 school for trial advocacy 21 times by U.S. News & World Report, most recently in its 2020 rankings. Rose served as the director since 2008.

Prior to joining the Stetson faculty in 2005, Rose spent 20 years on active duty in the Army. He served as a linguist, intelligence officer and judge advocate. He prosecuted and defended criminal cases for more than five years and served as a criminal law professor at the Judge Advocate General’s School of U.S. Army in Charlottesville, Va. He also served as an adjunct professor at the Notre Dame Law School.

His primary scholarly interest focuses on advocacy persuasion techniques, and he is an internationally recognized expert in that area. He teaches and researches in the areas of advocacy, criminal procedure, military law, evidence and professional ethics. Rose’s published work includes numerous law review articles, two casebooks on trial advocacy, and legal treatises on military criminal law and evidentiary law.

Rose earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University at South Bend and his JD from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He also earned an LLM from the Judge Advocate General’s School, United States Army.