Pound writes that "one who is to practise law absolutely must" be able to
stand up manfully to judges who are often tired and impatient, sometimes fussy and nervous, and, unhappily, sometimes tyrannical, and make one's points respectfully and firmly and assuredly in the face of a pretty severe fire of questions. Our classroom exercises, if the student takes them aright, are the best preparation in the world for this. Nerves and sensitiveness have no place in the forum. The sooner the law student stops thinking about himself and comes to think about the concrete questions of law presented to him the better.