Applications for admission to the BLA program are welcomed from those incarcerated in any Maryland state correctional facility, regardless of offense, sentence length, or age. Applicants must have obtained a high school diploma or (GED) equivalent in order to be eligible; no standardized tests are required.

All applicants will be required to submit an initial application, including an academic assessment and essay responses. Finalists for admission will move to an interview stage. The admissions committee seeks candidates with extraordinary intellectual promise, leadership potential, and a demonstrated desire to serve their communities.  

Applications will be solicited annually, typically in late spring or summer. Those admitted to the program will be transferred to the Patuxent Institution prior to matriculation.