The University of Illinois is the leading school where members of the patent bar received their undergraduate degrees, according to a study done by three law school professors. Professors Thomas G. Field Jr. and Jon R. Cavicchi of the the Franklin Pierce Law Center, and Ralph D. Clifford of the University of Massachusetts analyzed patent-bar applications submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, according to the Patently-O Blog written by Professor Dennis Crouch from the University of Missouri School of Law. The study looks at patent attorneys registered through May 2006 and ranks the schools by the numbers of their graduates that have applied to be admitted to the patent bar. The other top-nine schools are, in order, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, Cornell University, University of California at Berkeley, Purdue University, University of Texas, University of Wisconsin, University of Maryland and University of Wisconsin. Applicants who wish to be admitted to the patent bar generally need to have an undergraduate degree in science or engineering. The study was published in the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology.