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Dissertation - yay or nay?

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    I'm thinking about doing a dissertation in my final year (undergrad). There's a few reasons why:
    • It looks really good with employers and future law schools - it's something I can talk about in depth, especially how I was able to work independently over a long time.
    • As I mentioned here, my results were okay this year, but not great. I can still achieve a first if I do well in my final year. But if I screw up and I don't get it, I'll still have a dissertation to fall back on.
    • If I do get a first, I'll have that and a dissertation, which will be awesome.
    • I'm going abroad this year (2016-17), so I have a year longer to research and prepare for it. This also means I'll have slightly less to do in the final year, than if I was starting a subject 'from scratch' in September 2017.
    • I'll be doing something I'm really interested in, and will enjoy researching.
    But there's also a few things which worry me:
    • I'm assuming it's very hard to get a first for a dissertation. If that's the case, I basically have to get 70%+ in all my other exams for a first overall.
    • I'm planning to take another module with 15,000 words in coursework, so I'll have 30k words to write including my dissertation, in my final year (though hopefully less if I do some this year).
    • I want to make it original, but also easy enough to research. I got the balance wrong last time I did an extended essay (EPQ in AS), and had to drop out, because I couldn't get anywhere with it. If it's unoriginal, I think it'll be much harder to get a first for it.

    Can anyone offer their thoughts on this?
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