In case you're too inexperience to answer that question, the answer is "no." Your law school use it only to lure prospective students, hiring partner generally don't give a damn about all these other "specialty" ranking other than the real ranking that places Mercer at a 4th place in a state with only one big city.
Well, you are certainly coming at this with a bias. My aim was to answer questions from prospective students, not graduates from other law schools. But, I'll still address your questions. Hopefully you're not just a troll coming to shittt on people who attend non-T1 schools.
Does that long list of pros above means much at all when it comes to getting jobs?
Not a whole lot. A few of my interviewers mentioned my scholarship to the school, and some seemed very interested in the legal writing program. None were biglaw, and thus none were for permanent employment. The only law firm interviews I had were for SA gigs at biglaw, so I'm not sure how the local firms view the writing program or the practice-oriented required courses.
A couple of the law clerks and judges I interviewed with for internships mentioned the scholarship, and I brought up the legal writing program in one interview. We talked about it quite a bit, and I got an offer. Both topics also came up in my interview for a DOJ SLIP position. I received an offer.
I think #s 3 and 4 (about profs), is helpful at any school. I received one of my 2L summer jobs (U.S. Court of Appeals judge) because a prof knew the judge and passed along my resume. I heard someone else got an SA offer with a boutique litigation firm (paying market) because another prof forwarded along a resume. I've known lawyers who graduated from other schools and have had similar experiences. So, this is certainly not a Mercer-specific aspect of law school. I do, however, think a low student/faculty ratio helps. I also think that Mercer profs go out of their way to look out for students.
Would a law firm in Atlanta choose a Mercer grad over UGA graduate because of number 1, 2, 3, or 4 on that list?
All else being equal, probably not. But I have no idea; I'm not a hiring partner.
I can comment on the class of 2010 with more authority because I am more familiar with where my peers are working this summer. I know a lot of people working biglaw and small law in Atlanta (see post above for estimated large firm placement). I would assume that the firms could get UGA students if they wanted to, but they hired Mercer students.
No doubt, though, that UGA generally offers better career prospects. From what I'm told, firms hire deeper into the class at UGA. And, with cheap in-state tuition, UGA is a great option. However, I would guess that most people who are accepted to UGA would have a full scholarship offer from Mercer.
Would a law firm in Atlanta choose a Mercer grad over GSU grad because of number 1, 2, 3, or 4 on that list?
All else being equal, maybe. But again, I'm not a hiring partner, so I can't comment. I know from external sources that NLJ 250 firm placement is similar, but GSU has a very slight edge. Mercer places more grads in judicial clerkships.
Seriously, do you really think employers care about your above list when it comes to hiring?
See the answer to your first question.
How much do you really know about the TRUE employment stats of your law school?
See my post above about SA gigs for class of 2010.
How many of the 2008 grads do you know that are employed (as attorneys and not waiters), how many are doing law clerk work, and how many are unemployed in the legal field?
Off the top of my head, I can think of 14 grads from 2008 who I spoke with in the few months before they graduated:
Two were headed for Atlanta biglaw. One of them was top 15%, the other was outside the top 15%, but I'm not sure how far away.
Two were headed for a public defender's office. Students were outside the top 15%, but I'm not sure how far away. One of the students had an offer conditional upon passing the bar.
One obtained a state-level government job. Student was outside the top 15%, but I'm not sure how far away. Also had Moot Court. (Student did not get the job until after passing the bar).
One was headed for non-Atlanta biglaw (small regional office). Student was outside the top 15%, but I'm not sure how far away.
One was headed for a clerkship with a U.S. magistrate judge. Student was in the top 10%.
One was headed for a state clerkship. Student was outside the top 15%, but I'm not sure how far away.
One was headed for a small law firm specializing in family law. No idea about class rank.
One was getting an LLM in Tax at GULC. Student was around top 30%, IIRC.
One was unemployed and not seeking b/c she was having a baby.
Three were unemployed.