- Coaching by James Breen of St Mary's Catholic School, Ipswich (1860)
- Judge, Elections Tribunal (1920)
- Senior Puisne Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland (1903-1922)
- Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland (1890-1903)
- Acting Judge, District Court of Queensland (1890)
- Crown Prosecutor, Central District Court (1882-1890)
- Member, Board of Examiners for Attorneys (1876)
- Carpenter, Ipswich Railway Workshops (1863-1871)
- Member, Board of Examiners for Solicitors (1880)
- Admitted as a Barrister to the Supreme Court of Queensland (1874)
Extra Judicial Positions
- Member, Board of Advice, Queensland Public Library (1906-1928)
- Chair of the Supreme Court Library Committee (1903-1906)
- Chair of the Supreme Court Library Committee (1896-1900)
- Patron, Articled Clerks' association of Queensland (1892-1899)
- Member, Royal Commission for the Establishment of a Queensland University (1891)
Patrick Real was born in 1846, at Pallasgrean near Limerick, Ireland, the son of James Real, tenant farmer, and his wife Ellen (née Donegan). In 1850, the family emigrated to Moreton Bay; Real’s father died during the voyage. As a consequence, Real obtained only a primary school education at Ipswich before he was obliged to enter the workforce to assist in supporting his family. He worked as an apprenticed carpenter and later at the Ipswich railway workshops, before commencing a period of three years private study for the examinations required for admission to the bar. (1871-74).
On 8 September 1874, Real was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland and commenced more than 15 years of private practice from chambers in Brisbane. During this period, he served for periods of time in a number of public offices, including as Master of Titles, as an acting District Court judge and as crown prosecutor for the Central District (1879-90). Real married Annie Catharine Thynne on 8 January 1879. The couple had three daughters – Ellen, Mary and Kathleen – and one son, Edward.
On 8 July 1890, Real was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. He became senior puisne judge on 1 December 1903. He also served as a member of the Royal Commission for the Establishment of a Queensland University (1891), chairman of the Supreme Court library committee (1896–1900, 1903–06) and member of the board of advice of the Queensland Public Library (1906–28). Real was compulsorily retired by statute on 31 March 1922, at the age of 76. He died on 10 June 1928.