That said, if someone came on this board with a 3.1 and a 174, everyone would scream ED UVA. It's not an objectively bad decision like sticker at, say, George Mason. I think very few people would tell the 3.1/174 to not go to law school at all, so why are we telling this person to either increase their score and/or not go?
Apples and oranges, breh.
A 3.1 cannot increase his below median GPA. Even if he retook, the odds scholarship/acceptance don't increase much after 174. This is literally the best he is going to do.
A 4.0, 161 CAN improve their below median score. They can increase their odds of being accepted to better schools with more scholarship money.
So in essence, the 174 has done almost every thing possible to get a favorable outcome without a time machine, but the 161 has not.