chapter  3
13 Pages

How Do Computer-aided Exercises in Law Work?

WithRobert E. Keeton

A complete answer, like a fully-developed computer program, would have thousands of branches. Obviously computer-aided exercises can be used to teach and test mastery of bodies of knowledge, such as the terms of statutes, or regulatory provisions, or judicial precedents. Most of the available computer-aided exercises in law are designed to give the student some practice in using knowledge and to develop the student’s skill in doing so. The student communicates with the computer by typing on the terminal keyboard, and the computer responds with a display at the terminal. The computer keeps a running tally of the student’s score and will report it to the student on request. The chapter discusses the defense phase of a computer-aided exercise, is adapted from an article prepared by the author in cooperation with the editorial staff of Learning and the Law and published in the Summer 1976 issue of that journal.