Legal and Law-related Book Covers

Law books is a genre where extreme creativity might not be as welcome as in some genres. Professionalism and even conservative design can give legal books an advantage over a design that might be perceived as new and untested because of cutting edge effects. The below books utilize familiar design trends which reenforces the idea of these being concrete reference materials.

1. Criminal Justice in America by George F. Cole

Criminal Justice in America by George F. Cole

This cover design uses bright colors, images, and modern typography together to illustrate the book’s meaning.  The photos of judge’s gavel, prison bars, American eagle, and handcuffs in the background all work together perfectly, and provide a visual representation of criminal justice in America.

The best feature about this cover’s design is:

Layout – The design utilizes all of the elements together to relay the message.  By looking at the cover design, it can instantly be concluded that the book is about the subject of American criminal justice.  The images, orange and blue colors, and font choice all work hand and hand in delivering the visual message.

2. Breaking Robert’s Rules: The New Way to Run Your Meeting, Build Consensus, and Get Results by Lawrence E. Susskind

Breaking Robert's Rules: The New Way to Run Your Meeting, Build Consensus, and Get Results by Lawrence E. Susskind

Breaking Robert’s Rules’ cover design brilliantly ties in with the book’s title.  By making a photograph of a group of professionals it a meeting who all seem to be in disagreement, the cover provides an excellent view of what the book is all about.

A great feature about this book’s cover design is:

Photography – The photo used as the focal point of the cover does a great job of providing a first-look at a group of individuals that are out of their comfort zone, and seem to be in disagreement during a meeting.  The title text is large and red, but doesn’t obstruct the view of the photo, and integrates perfectly with the image and overall design.

3. Criminal Evidence by Judy Hails

Criminal Evidence by Judy Hails

This book’s cover design relies on color, text, and patterns to relay a sense of mystery.  By looking at the cover alone, there is nothing to indicate what can be expected inside the pages, besides the title text broadly spaced across the center.  The colors blue, black, and a marbleized blue pattern are emphasized in the design.

A great feature about this book’s cover design is:

Simplicity – The cover design is simple and straight to the point, which also provides mystery as to what the story is all about.  Simple, elegant type was chosen in white and blue colors to illustrate the title, but no hints are given as to what the book is about.

4. The Hollow Hope: Can Courts Bring About Social Change? Second Edition by Gerald N. Rosenberg

The Hollow Hope: Can Courts Bring About Social Change? Second Edition by Gerald N. Rosenberg

The Hollow Hope’s cover design is modern and unique, emphasizing the image of a historic court building as the main focal point.  The title is centered across the image in a modern, white medium text that stands out from the tone of the background photo.  The overall design fits well with the title and subject of the book.

The best feature of this book’s cover design is:

Photography – The historical court house photograph is an excellent choice for this cover, and does a great job of relating to the title.  The text provides a modern feel without blocking important parts of the picture – which is clearly the intended focal point.

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