Love at Langdell

Credit: Martha Stewart

As Anna Alriksson LL.M. ’14 and Kristian Persson walked down the front steps of Langdell library during Spring Reunions weekend, passersby couldn’t help but notice the couple showing off an engagement ring.

A lover of reading and books, Alriksson spent many hours in Langdell in 2014 while working on her LL.M. degree. It became her second home. During reunions, she couldn’t wait to show Persson her favorite study spot on campus. To her surprise, during their stroll through the reading room, Persson got down on one knee and proposed.

For Alriksson, the moment could not have been more perfect. She grew up above the Arctic Circle in the small town of Malmberget, in the northern part of Swedish Lapland, where she says it was rare for anyone to attend a university. Getting a degree at Harvard Law School had been a childhood dream. She beat the odds after working and studying hard for many years and now practices law in Stockholm. Getting engaged to Persson at the school that she loves brought the story full circle. “I am so excited for what the future holds for us,” she said.