Recruiting Rural Law Students

Mr. Freedle with his motorcycle collection.

“I only wanted to go to Carolina,” said Thomasville, North Carolina, native Douglas Freedle ’63, ’65 (LL.B.) — and he wasn’t kidding.

When it came time to apply to college, Freedle only submitted an application to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he graduated with a law degree six years later. He then went on to become an expert in tax law and has built an impressive career and business.

Even with his success, Freedle has never forgotten his ties to North Carolina and his alma mater. Fifty-five years after graduating from Carolina, Freedle donated $1 million to UNC School of Law to support incoming law students, with a particular emphasis on students from rural counties.

“Rural North Carolina communities have a shortage of lawyers,” explained Freedle. “I decided I wanted to create a scholarship that would fund people like myself from rural North Carolina. We’ve got to be able to accept the best students and educate them — and increase the likelihood that these students will return to serve rural communities.”

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